Post Script On Edwyn Collins: Power Of The Press Gets His Music On MySpace For Free
from the no-thanks-to-warner-music dept
A few weeks back, we were one of the first publications to highlight how singer Edwyn Collins was unable to put his own hit song on MySpace for free download (as he wanted to do) because Warner Music claimed copyright over it — even though it had no such copyright. Despite quite an effort by Collins’ manager/wife, Grace Maxwell, nothing was changing. However, the story started to spread, including making it into some major media properties, such as the BBC and The Guardian… and whaddaya know, suddenly everything gets fixed. Mesanna writes in to let us know of an update post from Maxwell, where she points out that the power of the press seemed to finally accomplish what simple reasoning with both MySpace and Warner Music could not:
However, whaddaya know? After 30 odd fruitless emails, A Girl Like You is now available in full on the myspace player! So, todays lesson is simple:
THE MOST POWERFUL DEPARTMENT IN ANY ORGANISATION IS THE PRESS OFFICE.
The whole sad world runs scared of bad publicity, especially from a righteous source like Edwyn Collins.
While Maxwell says it’s not worth the ridiculous effort it would take to sue Warner Music or any other major label claiming copyright over Collins’ songs, she’s more than willing to help out in other cases against them:
Warner Music Group has no connection with Edwyn whatsoever and yet they are still corporately arrogant enough to steal Edwyn’s copyright and God knows what else from others. A guy from myspace advised me to treat their copyright department with kid gloves if I wanted a result. It didn’t work. If the shoe was on the other foot they’d have been down on us like a ton of bricks. The next time a major tries to take ANYONE to court for copyright infringment, I’m volunteering my services as a witness for the defense.