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The Spin I’m In: Lost and Found

I don’t know if you’ve ever checked out one of those websites that lets you know if you have money that you don’t know about in some long lost bank account or something, but I have. I type in my name…nothing.

Well over the last week I’ve been getting emails from friends and fans alike informing me that L7 (one of my bands) appeared in a post on boingboing  about some entity called Sound Exchange owing us royalties for digital uses from webcasting and satellite radio.

So I went to the SoundExchange.com website, typed in L7’s name… and there we were. I was so excited like I won the lottery or something. Hey, we’re on there!!! Cool!

Then it started to piss me off. Why the hell can’t they "find" us? Granted, a lot of the artists on this list of 9,000 are pretty obscure, but I’m sure most of us are very familiar with all or most of the artists on my playlist this week (all on the "unfound" list"). In fact I found most of these artists’ "official sites" and I bet by the end of the day I’d be in contact with most of them one way or another. So I’ve done a bit of recon and I’m still deciphering all of this info.

"In an effort to educate and notify recording artists of their entitlement to royalties, SoundExchange has worked for years with the major record labels, independent labels, The Recording Academy, CD Baby, Celebrity Access, Disc Makers, The Blues Foundation, The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, American Association of Indpendent Music (A2IM), The Folk Alliance, IAJE, ASCAP, SESAC, BMI, and numerous others, including many individual artist management companies, business management firms and law firms to notify approximately 22,000 recording artists of the royalties they may be entitled to under federal law"

Rrriiight, well I haven’t heard jack until this week and it didn’t come from anyone in the ‘biz". I don’t know who the bad guys are yet (Sound Exchange does pay royalties directly to artists), but here’s the rub, if the artists on this list of  9,000 "unfound" do not register with Sound Exchange by Dec. 15, 2006 they forfeit their right to their royalties from the digital world 1996-2000  and said royalties will be granted to Sound Exchange. Now that’s a lot of clams.

Here’s some links and info about this weirdness:

http://www.soundexchange.com/ 

http://www.globalrhythm.net/worldnews/SoundexchangeToPublishListOfRecordingArtistsAndRecordLabelsOwedRoyalties.cfm

http://news.com.com/2100-1023-246239.html

 
If you have any musical artist friends, let them know about this because maybe no one else will.

I’d love to hear The Spin You’re In in the comments section.

The Spin iMix In: Lost and Found

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The Spin I’m In: Lost and Found

Song

Artist

Peek-A-Boo

Siouxsie and The Banshees

Waiting Room

Fugazi

Sky Pilot

The Animals

New York Groove

Ace Frehley

Funky Cold Medina

Tone-Loc

Sound of Da Police

KRS-ONE

Twiggy Twiggy/ Twiggy Vs. James Bond

Pizzicato Five

You Baby

The Turtles

The Candidate

Urge Overkill

Anything Goes

Cole Porter

   
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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.

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