Re: [rumori] Fwd: UR Vs SONY

Jason J. Tar (
Fri, 17 Dec 1999 18:06:52 -0500

At 01:49 PM 12/17/99 -0800, you wrote:
>not at all. the difference is in the amount of money involved, and the
>intent. If you're doing it just for a wad of cash, it's not excusable. I
>dont't see why that's so hard to understand.

Isn't it quite possible that the folks who did the "cover" version did it
out of respect, not simply out of a wish for cash? From the tone of the
letter from Sony, it sounds very much like a tribute. I doubt Sony is
selling x amount MORE copies because of that tracks addition to the CD.
If it was strictly a money thing, why would they be so open and happy to
send funds to UR? Seems that they would have tried to conceal it, and not
have offered UR a cent.

I'm sorry, but I really don't think Sony has done anything "wrong" here.
Perhaps unethical, but then again how many of us would be bitter about
removing a sample or cover song when asked by the original artists? Just
because we aren't making money off it, doesn't make it different.
Same story, different players. Chosing sides based on whom we like, versus
what they are doing, seems a slippery slope to be walking.

[To put this another way, say a UR decided to cover a band on Sony and was
told "No". Chances are, many on this list would be defending UR's right to
do the cover. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so....]

>perhaps if you want to talk about double standards you can consider the
>double standard that corporations (like sony) have all the rights of an
>individual but none (or very little) of the accountability.

You can talk about that, but that is different from the discussion at hand.
 If you want them to be allowing you rights to sampling and what not, you
need to start by allowing them the same rights in turn.


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