Report: CC Accused Of Forcing Artists To Ditch Performance Royalty
June 22, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
An artists' rights group has accused CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS of forcing musicians to give up their digital copyrights to get the airplay the radio giant is required to give under the payola consent decree governing the broadcasters' operations, reports THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The FUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION contends that CLEAR CHANNEL is forcing independent musicians to sign a contract containing language that gives up musicians' rights to a performance royalty if the company uses their music for webcasts.
"This is outrageous," FMC Executive Director JENNY TOOMY said. "This is like the fox getting caught in the henhouse a second time and arguing that he shouldn't get in trouble because he was leaving the hens alone. He was just eating all their eggs."
A CLEAR CHANNEL spokesperson said, "The FMC folks have it wrong."
"CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO has gone above and beyond to make this artist-friendly," spokeswoman MICHELE CLARK said. "The artists are in complete control of their musical work. They control whether they just want it considered for broadcast over the air, whether they want it considered for streaming online, whether they want it to be available for download or all three, and (most importantly) they have the right to terminate their license at any time upon notice to us."
A copy of the license agreement on WWDC/WASHINGTON includes language saying: "You grant to CLEAR CHANNEL the royalty-free nonexclusive right and license in perpetuity (unless terminated earlier by You or CLEAR CHANNEL as set forth below) to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, digitally perform, publicly display and distribute any sound recordings, compositions, pictures, videos, song lyrics ..."