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  •  It's "stealing"? (0+ / 0-)

    No, it isn't.  It may be taking advantage of someone's greed or stupidity, but it's not stealing.  Nobody "has to" sign with a big label, they choose to do so because there are certain benefits associated with that.  They have to decide whether or not those benefits are worth giving up future earnings.  
    It boils down to: don't sign a contract if you don't know what you're doing.  

    •  You misunderstand (0+ / 0-)

      I never said that record companies are stealing when they control the rights of music they pay artists to record.  We've gotten way off topic.  But what I said was that when someone like Michael Jackson can own someone else's music, such as with the Beatles, that to me is not all that different from stealing - especially if we are going to call anything involving the artist/creator not being able to profit off their own work for ever "stealing".

      •  Well, what you said was... (0+ / 0-)
        "...Michael Jackson who owned the rights to the Beatles music because of how the studios work.  So HE had the rights to sell and profit off of Beatles songs however he wanted regardless of how the actual bandmembers felt.  How is THAT not stealing also?"

        And my answer is that it's not stealing because he paid for it.  
        If an artist wishes to sell the rights to their art to some other party, then that party owns the rights.  I don't see any parallel at all with the practice of copying and redistributing artists' work without their permission.

        Funny thing -- I remember the uproar over Michael Jackson's acquisition of the Beatles catalog, and how angry the fans were.  Of course, that was right around the same time that "Sir Paul", who owned the Buddy Holly portfolio, was licensing those tunes for floor wax commercials and the like.  

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