NY Passes 'Truth In Music' Law
August 22, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
Musical fakers who illegally impersonate groups they are not affiliated with will now face up to $15,000 in fines after NEW YORK's "Truth in Music" law was signed yesterday, reports NEWSDAY. The bill, which will go into effect in one month, was prompted by groups representing themselves as doo-wop artists like THE PLATTERS, THE COASTERS and THE DRIFTERS. JON BAUMAN, "BOWZER" from the group SHA NA NA, advocated for the legislation in NEW YORK and other states.
Original band members are increasingly finding themselves squeezed out of profits that are rightfully theirs, said BAUMAN, whose own band made its name covering doo-wop songs.
The bill's Assembly sponsor, PETER RIVERA (D-BRONX), said the law would protect both musicians and fans. "Fans want to see the groups they love and should get what they pay for," he said. "In a sense, this also preserves our musical heritage."