“These uploaders supplying millions of files on a daily basis are having a negative impact on … the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of songwriters, musicians [and] artists”

— Hilary Rosen, CEO of the Record Industry Association of America, the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry, 24Oct02

“The world’s top five music companies yesterday agreed to pay $US50 million in unclaimed royalties.

Thousands of artists, including such stars as David Bowie and Dolly Parton will benefit from the agreement, which followed a two-year investigation by New York Attorney-General Eliot Spitzer’s office.

It found that many performers and writers had not received royalties because the music companies had been negligent about maintaining contact with them.

The record companies had an obligation to maintain information about the artists to whom they owed money, Mr Spitzer said.”

The Age, 06May04

[You are welcome to wander over to the counsell.com music page and have a negative effect on my livelihood by uploading or downloading or remixing or sampling my music. The first pressing of the album on which “I Know I’ll Know” appears has sold out, but the second is on its way. Damned file-sharers.]