Saturday, July 19, 2014

There is power in a union

... as Billy Bragg once sang. We're used to musicians collaborating with each other, but not so much record labels. But now a whopping great 700 indies - including such instrumental players as Sub Pop, Matador, Domino, 4AD and Jagjaguwar - have come together to sign up to the Fair Digital Deals Declaration, in a bid to ensure their artists are properly compensated for their music in the digital age. Presumably the news met with a round of applause in the Yorke household.

It wasn't all about self-policing and setting guidelines, though - a Global Independent Manifesto has also been produced that sets out the labels' positions on copyright and their relationships to majors, among other things. Fair play to them for standing up for themselves.

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