Musicians Go to Congress
Sheryl Crow will visit Capitol Hill today to ask Congress to repeal a copyright law that she says will hamper musicians from earning millions of dollars. The singer-songwriter is up in arms over an amendment passed last year that classified all sound recordings as “works for hire.” The wording puts possession of all recordings into the hands of record companies into perpetuity, says Crow, thereby preventing artists from reclaiming the copyrights to their works 35 years down the road. Besides Crow, other recording artists protesting the current law are Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffet. Particularly irksome, they say, is how the law was changed last year without so much as a hearing or testimony.
- Another musician faced the music before Congress yesterday, when rapper Chuck D spoke in support of Napster, the controversial music sharing software. Music company execs have expressed outrage over the capabilities of the program, which they say is pirating music all over the Web. The Public Enemy rapper took the opposing view. He said that Napster allows musicians such as himself to market their songs and earn money online without big music companies getting in their way. And the debate continues.