How man of you have heard an early nineties song, by the artist Edwyn Collins, called, "A Girl Like You"? I admit it may have been before my time, but it was a hit during that period of music. Recently, the now independent artist Edwyn Collins, had decided it was time to share his original materials, which he owns all copyrights of, on his MySpace page. It was shortly after he tried to upload his own written, recorded, and produced works, that MySpace refused to allow him to place it there available for free, claiming that Warner Music owned the copyright to it.
More than fifteen years after Mr. Collins release of the above mentioned track, he now owns full copyrights to all his materials, and does his own road shows playing his music, a task he loves to do. When MySpace and other social networking sites came into play within the last few years, he decided he would share some of the previous generations hits with the fans of tomorrow, at no cost to them. Sadly he was denied due to the fact that Warner Music had contacted MySpace claiming they own the rights to his own music.
While this is not surprising to most, many users on MySpace and other networks do actually attempt to upload copyrighted works to their page, and the producers are actually legally entitled to the removal of the said albums or tracks. Yet in this case, Mr. Collins, whom once had a license deal with Warner, no longer has any ties to the behemoth media corporation, nor has he for over a decade. Not only this, but he owns all rights to his own works.
It seems MySpace never even investigated the ownership of the protected materials in question, they were in fact contacted by Warner, and instantly removed Mr. Collins music, without researching any facts. The sad part of it is, MySpace is owned by the same corporation as the utterly one side Fox News Corp, and "Sky" for those of you across the pond. This corporation has heavy insider entertainment industry ties, and some of those ties link directly to Time-Warner and it's many branches, such as, Warner Brothers, and Warner Music.
Media monopolies are attempting to control the world, and there isn't much we can do to prevent this as long as the same corrupt systems remain in place, and the events surrounding Mr. Collins life's work are just one of many examples proving this fact. The manager for Edwyn Collins, whom is also is wife, Grace Maxwell, has attempted to contact MySpace's and Warner Music's attorneys, and she was promised the issue would be resolved quickly and passively. Yet many moons have passed, and nothing has been done. So she decided to further investigate.
In a recent blog post, she wrote, “I was told Edwyn was attempting to breach a copyright and he was sent to the Orwellian MySpace copyright re-education page. Quite chilling, actually. I naturally blew my stack and wrote to MySpace on his behalf demanding to know who the hell was claiming copyright of Edwyn’s track?” Turns out, Warner was not only claiming they owned the rights to the song, but for many years now, they have still been selling and taking full profits from the artist's work in stores. This label has not only broke the law, but has now been labeled as pirates.
So why was MySpace still not allowing his own work to be uploaded to the site? “That is because MySpace are not equipped to deal with the notion that anyone other than a major can claim a copyright,” adding "that the file-sharers are not the biggest ‘bootleggers’ the record labels are." I am 99.9% sure Mr. Edwyn Collins has a lawsuit here, and a huge one at that. To prove that a major media giant is pirating it's former artists music, and profiting from it majorly, is an insane headline, one I doubt you'll hear much about on the major news networks, as most are owned by companies with ties to Warner.
Maxwell went on to state, that “Attempting to make them cease and desist would use up the rest of my life. Because this is what they do and what they’ve always done." Sad but oh so true, in today's modern world, only those with power and financial prowess can win the court battles, regardless of the facts, as we've seen in recent years. Without a doubt, I personally would suggest that all whom oppose the corporate control agenda, protest MySpace, and protest Warner Music. A boycott is the only thing that can make a difference in the war, as if you hit them where it hurts, in their wallets, you can cause a dramatic effect.
My personal philosophy is this, that if a case is not taken against the illegal music sharing pirates known as Warner Music, then it just further shows the hypocrisy of the world we live in, where sites that simply act as indexers are shut down, fined, and even worse, sentenced to jail time. Yet the giant corporations (whom pay the governments of the world taxes and transportation fees) are legally allowed to break the exact same laws, gauge the prices of consumers, and rip off the little people who once made them famous. Welcome to the New World Order. You have no voice, you slowly have less rights, and you cannot win the battle of David versus Goliath. This is our future. Do we submit and obey, or do we keep fighting the good fight?
The more and more I hear stories such as this, the further it drives me to continue fighting the cause, and informing the world of the rights which we no longer have, and the freedoms they wish to remove from us. Mr. Collins has stated that Warner Music has "Ripped him off and hung him out to dry" over this issue, so do your part in supporting him, upload and download as much of his copyrighted music as you possibly can, since in fact he owns the copyrights, and wishes to share with you for free. You cannot do more than that. Keep sharing people.
October 8th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Thursday, October 8th, 2009
|posted by (2009-10-08 09:53:48)|
|lets boycott warner only dwld warner movies lol|
|posted by (2009-10-08 11:37:22)|
|i set this off to 27 congress men and tothe white house too try to help i didnt put obscenes tag on it or the f myspace or the last paragraph just trying to help the cause thanks obscene|
|yip i agree obs, copyright doesn't stay copyrighted forever, once the copyright is deemed void, even then the big companies will try and say they own the rights.|
Its a war that'll be going for some time to come. place to be!
|posted by (2009-10-08 19:57:23)|
|it jsut show you mpaa riaa ect do what ever they want to do and this is not the first this have habben to 2 its habening to alot who find there music under copy thingy its a shame but will never go away|
|seems the hole is getting so deep, the only thing that will be escaping is there grand children. i swear, Congress and the Govt. in general is too worried about there bank accounts rather than the people.|
If they dont wake up soon there going to have all out riots on there hands... you can stop 100 people, but try and stop 20million people.
|posted by (2009-10-09 00:23:04)|
|the prob is if soem one dont join them they lose money and in the world its money money money|
|posted by (2009-10-09 04:20:44)|
|Imagine no possessions|
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
Thank You OBSCENE You're On Top
|Firstly, I must say that it's strange that Edwyn would want to share his music with the world via myspace, of all places, rather than through his own website. To each their own I guess.|
Secondly, if he does indeed own all the copyrights to his own music, then there's nothing anyone else, including any record label, can do to interfere, lest they are forced via the courts to comply. It only takes one warning (cease and desist) and one registered mail letter, giving the warned party 10 days to reply & cease and desist.
Failure to comply will result in legal action, which, if all the facts are indeed facts, Edwyn would win hands-down.
The scare tactics involved (from a recording label? Never! :P) is what is probably stopping Edwyn & his wife from taking this a step further in the appropriate direction..