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Bill Could Stop Labels from Cheating Artists
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2003-05-21
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A bill aimed at preventing labels from, in effect, cheating artists, is now slated to go before the full Senate for a vote.

Bill SB 1034, introduced by Senator Kevin Murray (D- Los Angeles), zeroes in on the fact that record companies can at the moment get away with under-reporting what they owe artists.

"The obligation of a recording company to accurately account for and to pay royalties earned under a recording artist contract is a fiduciary duty," says some of the wording here.

"Under the current structure, there is no dis-incentive for record companies to properly account for and pay royalties, therefore, bad behavior by companies is rewarded," said Murray in a press release.

"SB 1034 simply makes it law that record companies must accurately report royalties to the artist."

SOURCE: p2pnet.net.


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