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California coalition to fight new music legislation
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-02-28
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Source: MusicDish - February 26, 2002

New Californian legislation could make it the only state where artists could walk away from contracts with no liability, even if they've accepted advances for albums they haven't produced, says a new music alliance.

"The legislation eliminates a label's right to seek damages if the terms of a contract are not carried out," say small businesses including CD manufacturers, album cover designers, music merchandisers, shippers and production coordinators who've joined forces as the California Music Coalition. "That means the labels and businesses that contract in California would lose any assurance they could recover their investment in an artist even when that artist is successful."

They plan to fight the new state legislation saying its impacts would be "significantly harmful" to small and large businesses dependent on the music industry, emerging artists dependent on the financial investments made in their talent by record companies, and the California economy, into which the music industry injects billions of dollars each year.

"We have joined together today to urge the Legislature to reject this bill," said Glen Barros, head of Concord Records, an independent record company based in Northern California. "We are a coalition of small and large businesses and individuals who are committed to keeping jobs and opportunity in California and supporting California's economy."


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