Saturday, April 23, 2022 |
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Open to All Attendees!
To the Highest Bidder: The Cultural and Pragmatic Impact of Superstars Selling Their Composition Rights and Recordings
Hearing a great song or album composed by legendary musicians like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen is something we all cherish. But who, exactly, controls the rights to these lucrative, culturally significant works? And what does it mean for fans when they hear the news that artists have sold their catalog? Recent years have seen an explosion in the trend of artists selling intellectual property to powerful entities such as Sony, Universal Music, and Hipgnosis. This seminar will discuss the current wave of sales and acquisitions, the history of this development, and what impact it could have on royalties, licensing, and the specific songs that fans can stream on services like TIDAL, Qobuz, and Apple Music.