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[microsound] [ot] musicians owed money
December 13, 2006
A Last Minute Appeal
If You Know a Musician on This List, Let Them Know They Are Owed Money
By FRED WILHELMS
On Friday, December 15, 2006, over 7,500 recording artists are going
to lose money. This is money that was collected on their behalf by
SoundExchange, the entity set up by the RIAA to collect and
distribute license fees from satellite radio and streaming Internet
All the fees collected for broadcasts up through March 31, 2000 will
be forfeited forever.
SoundExchange has done a pretty good job collecting the fees from the
broadcasters. They haven't done as good a job of finding the artists
they are supposed to be paying. But it is really no skin off their
nose if they don't find them, because, if they don't, they get to
keep the money they would have to pay out.
Take some time today and look at the list of artists who
SoundExchange has been unable to locate.
The list is here:
It lists the artists by first name, so be sure to check it closely.
If you are on the list, register today. It takes about ten minutes to
do. All the necessary forms are on the website.
If you know someone who is on the list, or even if you know a
relative of a deceased artist on the list, LET THEM KNOW ABOUT IT TODAY!
If they don't register by Friday, they will lose the money that has
already been collected for them, and they will be likely to lose more
in the future if they do not sign up for it.
Here's a link to a newspaper article about SoundExchange that has
just run in Memphis. It has a lot more details, and it should help
prove that this money is real, and the chance of losing it just as real.
This money belongs to the artists that earned it. Help get it into
the right hands. Today.
Fred Wilhelms is a lawyer who represents musicians and songwriters.
He can be reached at: fred.wilhelms@xxxxxxxxx