MUSIC CONTRACTS

Hands  up anyone who has signed a recording or publishing contract and fully understood the content or the terminology.                                                                                                        
Nobody really understood contracts, it was a job for the legal man, that is if you could afford the costs.

The contract itself at point of issue is already an anachronistic document carrying all the excessive baggage of dense legalese put in place in times gone by,  we signed contracts in the 1980’s which probably were  drafted years before.

The contract is designed to protect both parties and create a working agreement , well that’s the idea the reality is that the contract was simply a tool to screw you, the dreaded ‘In perpetuity ‘ clause , being the most controversial element.

This  clause can be worded differently, it can also be buried in the contract ,an attempt by the author to distract the reader from the implications, it is a con but still has some relevance tying artists to dreadful terms forever or in perpetuity.

Contracts are inevitably biased in favour of the record label or publisher and usually focuses on their demands, Gerald Palmer issued the first  contract  I signed, self authored, using a child friendly size type face, crude, minimal, a complete joke, it was a pseudo contract , a miserable cack handed attempt. Gerald made it stick and from that point on he built empirically on this most shoddy of contracts.

I doubt there was a record company on the planet that did not adhere to this protocol of deception, they all were well aware of the implications and the consequence that they would gain an unfair advantage over the artist .

Today the law is changing but not quick enough, Spanish and Norwegian courts have ruled against perpetuities in time shares, I have no idea about the UK law on perpetuities in music contracts but I suspect that they are no longer viewed as acceptable.

What is no longer acceptable is not just the contract but the intent behind the contract, the music industry should be ashamed of the past but it prefers to kid itself that is now grown u, not true, my interactions with Universal and Gerald Palmer indicate that they are all still singing the same ugly tune.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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