Day of Silence
An open letter on the recent Webcasters' "Day of Silence"
Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: Mi2N - May 8, 2002
"You may have heard that some webcasters are participating today in a
so-called 'Day of Silence.' This is their way of protesting their obligation
to compensate artists and record companies for their music. While the
purpose of this protest is misguided, a "day of silence" is a fitting theme.
Everyone should understand what the world would sound like without the music
that is often taken for granted. If those who make the music we all love are
not fairly compensated for their work, that will be the result -- silence.
"Let's not forget that the music webcasters want essentially for free is the
backbone of their entire business. Somehow these companies have found a way
to pay fair market rates for everything else necessary for their business --
from bandwidth and computers to rent and furniture. Why should the most
important element of their business -- the music -- be any different?
"Artists and record companies deserve fair compensation for their creations.
They have waited patiently for more than three years to be compensated while
webcasters have been building their businesses. Webcasters are not entitled
to a free ride or subsidy. The time has come for webcasters to stop
protesting and work cooperatively with artists and record labels to ensure
success for all and provide fans with the great music they expect and
John L. Simson
Recording Artists' Coalition
Eric Lowen, Lowen & Navarro
Dan Navarro, Lowen & Navarro
Patrick Rains on behalf of David Sanborn (SoundExchange Board Member)
Martin Mills, Beggars Group
Stephen Hogger, Chandos Records Limited
Ann E. Chaitovitz, AFTRA (SoundExchange Board Member)
Eric Chapelle, Hamsa Music
Oh Boy Records/Blue Plate Music/Red Pajamas Records
Jay L. Cooper, Esq., Recording Artists' Coalition (SoundExchange Board
James Marienthal, Silver Wave Records
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records
Perry Resnick, MMF-US (SoundExchange Board Member)
Abstrakt Reality Records
Mike Gormley, LAPersonal Development, MMF-US
Music Managers Forum of Canada
Hilary Rosen, RIAA (SoundExchange Board Member)
Emile Pandolfi, MagicMusic Productions, Inc.
Blake Rowe, Blake Rowe Music
Andrea Finkelstein, Sony (SoundExchange Board Member)
Judy Pandolfi, MagicMusic Productions, Inc.
Gary Himelfarb, RAS Records (SoundExchange Board Member)
Association of Independent Music (AIM)
Paul Katz, Zomba (SoundExchange Board Member)
Keith Harris, MMF-UK
James Sellar, MMF-UK
Mimi Kim, BMG (SoundExchange Board Member)
Stephen Bond Garvan, Garvan Management
Bob Chacra, Chacra Alternative Music
Michael Marucci, Marucci Artist Management
Thomas F. Lee, AFM (SoundExchange Board Member)
Jack Heyrman, Clean Cuts Music
Carmine Appice, Vanilla Fudge
Marnie Hall, Leonarda Productions, Inc.
Walter F. McDonough, Esq. (SoundExchange Board Member)
Barry Bergman, MMF-US
Mark Birmingham, Rosemead Music, Inc.
Richard Burgess, MMF-US
Steven Scharf, MMF-US & Steven Scharf Entertainment
Peter Jenner, Int'l MMF
Michael McMartin, Int'l MMF
Moro, Budwick Music Co.
Michael Ostroff, UMG (SoundExchange Board Member)
Christopher Peacock, Pure & Simple Music
Terry Lieberstein, Lovingstone Productions
Truth Thomas, Prayer Warriorz Records
Allen Moy, Divine Industries, Inc.
Al Salzillo, Night Side Entertainment
George Carpenter, Smokehouse Records, Inc.
Ray Parker, Jr.
Alasdair McMullan, EMI
Skip Sams, SSP Records
Kate Shindle (artist on SSP Records and Miss America 1998)
Tony Moreno, Musical Productions, Inc.
Raphael DiGiorgio, Diamond Dreams Music Productions
Peter Horrey, Association of United Recording Artists (AURA)
MMF - Germany
idkv - Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft, Germany
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