Book payment (was Re: Issola Spoilers vs. Orca Spoilers)

Rick Castello rick at 404.978.org
Fri Mar 14 21:02:51 PST 2003

Philip Hart said:
> On Fri, 14 Mar 2003, Andrew Lias wrote:
>> Record labels have a notorious record of screwing their artists with
>> devious contracts.  I've actually seen band websites that implore
>> people not to buy their music from specific labels because they aren't
>> getting anything.
>> This is the one thing that serves to make the whole MP3 issues not
>> *quite* as cut and dry and one might think.
> On NPR the other night it was said that Til Tuesday, which has sold a
> million copies of their first record (with "Voices Carry") and perhaps a
> million of the subsequent ones, is told by their record company that
> sales have not yet recouped the company's marketing, so the band hasn't
> received any payment (beyond I assume whatever advance they received.)

     A an article by Courtney Love about this very thing appeared
     in Salon.com June 14, 2000 and is getting a lot of play again

     Courtney Love Does The Math

     "Today I want to talk about piracy and music. What is piracy?
     Piracy is the act of stealing an artist's work without any
     intention of paying for it. I'm not talking about Napster-type

     I'm talking about major label recording contracts."