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  • Unpaid Musicians & Royalties Owing & Semi-Secret List

    http://www.counterpunch.org/wilhelms09232006.html

    Weekend Edition
    September 23 / 24, 2006

    An Exchange with SoundExchange on Unpaid Artists
    The Money Belong to the Artists Who Created the Music


    By FRED WILHELMS

    SoundExchange is the sole entity that collects and distributes license fees for digital distribution of recordings; primarily satellite radio services and Internet streaming broadcasts (but NOT downloads). Over the years they have collected money for thousands of artists who don't know about it.

    Several years ago, John Simson, the Executive Director of SoundExchange, asked for my help in finding these people. I work primarily with veteran artists and have proven pretty proficient at finding people. Despite my constant prodding, SoundExchange never put me to work, and I finally washed my hands of the project when John told me he could give me the list of "unfound" artists, but only if I agreed to a Non-Disclosure Agreement. In essence, I could find out who they had money for, I just couldn't tell anyone they were on the list.

    What happens to the money they can't pay because they can't find the person to pay?

    They get to keep it themselves. Nothing succeeds like failure.

    ...

    Fred Wilhelms is a lawyer who represents musicians and songwriters. He can be reached at: [email protected]
    Musicians's Rights lawyer, Fred Willhelms', original articles about SoundExchange and the unpaid musicians list are here:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/wilhelms09232006.html
    http://www.counterpunch.org/wilhelms10032006.html

    The actual 'non-disclosable' unpaid musicians list is to be found on the SoundExchange Site, here:

    http://63.236.111.137/jsp/unpaidArtistList.jsp
    http://www.counterpunch.org/wilhelms10032006.html

    ...

    AN URGENT MESSAGE TO RECORDING ARTISTS

    SoundExchange is the entity that collects and distributes broadcast royalties from digital distribution of music. This includes streaming Internet broadcasts (not downloads) and satellite radio services. These royalties have been payable since February 1, 1996. If your music has been played on the Internet since that date, you are entitled to a share of the royalties.

    On December 15, 2006, any royalties that are unclaimed for performances up through March 31, 2000 WILL BE FORFEITED.

    If you, as an individual or as a member of a recording group, are not registered with SoundExchange by December 15, 2006, you will lose all rights to your royalties earned before March 31, 2000.

    There are thousands of identified artists who will lose these royalties unless they act before the deadline. SoundExchange has listed these "unfound" artists on their website.

    http://63.236.111.137/jsp/unpaidArtistList.jsp

    Take the time to read the list. If you are on it, follow the instructions for filing a claim. It costs you nothing and it does not take much time. If you register now, you will receive the unclaimed royalties and will received future royalties automatically.

    Friends and families of recording artists should also check the list. If you know anyone on there, PLEASE LET THEM KNOW IMMEDIATELY. You will note that there are a number of deceased performers on the list. If you know any surviving relatives, let them know about this.

    This money belongs in the hands of the artists who created the music.

    http://63.236.111.137/jsp/unpaidArtistList.jsp

    ...
    Who knows, you, or somebody you know, might be due for some royalty payments.
    Last edited by Pietro_Mercurios; 10-05-2006, 01:03 AM.
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