Recording Industry Bans Musician From Charts For Supporting Free Music

from the fair-and-balanced dept

One of the favorite lines out of the recording industry honchos when confronted about musicians who are against industry efforts to sue individuals who share files is that the industry execs support whatever choice the musicians make for themselves. If the musicians want to free their music, the execs say, that's their choice. Funny, then, that the industry execs are acting out against a young musician who wants her music to be free. BPI, the UK version of the RIAA, has banned a twelve year-old singer songwriter from a new music chart they were creating for schools. The reason, apparently, is that BPI doesn't want to promote young Amy Thomas' music, since she's signed to a music label that doesn't support BPI's stance on suing file sharers. Obviously, BPI is free to set up its charts however it wants -- but it really should stop claiming to the world that it represents whatever artists want.
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    Tnashin, 16 Aug 2006 @ 6:48pm

    They promote the people that pay them

    Doesn't the claim only mean that they represent whatever the artists that they represent want? Why should BPI promote a competitor's artist when others are paying them for promotion.

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