[rumori] Negativland on EMusic?

From: Nicola Battista (Dj Batman) ("Nicola)
Date: Fri Aug 23 2002 - 08:58:42 PDT

Hi everyone, sorry for not being in here for ages...

I've noticed some Seeland releases on EMusic.com, published through their
distributor Mordam.
Since I know that Mordam wants exclusives on distribution (also in digital
file format???) and I've heard stories about material illegally published
on EMusic, I'd like to know if Negativland are aware of this and if this
is ok for them (and if they get a percentage).
The relevant link is: http://www.emusic.com/label/90/90987.html

I collaborate with some guys in Italy who administer lots of recorded
masters of soundtracks by people like Ennio Morricone and other italian
film music composers.Weeks ago they noticed that two different labels who only have licenses
for reprinting 500 copies in cd format for each titles were selling those
tracks on Emusic without paying the original licensors.One of the two (Dagored, italian label distributed in USA by Runt) quickly
removed the infringing tracks... the other label (DRG) still has all of
the stuff online and has probably cashed some 10000$ or more out of them
since Morricone was often in the highest places on the Emusic charts...
I normally trust Emusic (even if now they belong to Vivendi "built on
shit" Universal...) and have some of my music and several third-party cds
(licensed by artists and labels) on their site... but their legal staff is
not so good in dealing with situations like these...
Nicola Battista

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