Posted Dec 8th, 2008 (8:36 pm) by Visitor

International mega-band Radiohead and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour are among the first artists to support the launch of a new music-rights organization called the Featured Artists Coalition. The FAC is a group of musical artists who seek to keep the rights to the music they create and to have a greater say in how their songs are sold. This move reflects the shift of power in the music industry into the digital age, with more and more artists embracing digital distribution and other alternative release methods.

“We want all artists to have more control of their music and a much fairer share of the profits it generates in the digital age,” a statement on the FAC’s website reads. “We speak with one voice to help artists strike a new bargain with record companies, digital distributors and others, and are campaigning for specific changes.” The FAC has also created a manifesto regarding music “fair play,” which includes increased compensation for commercial use of their music and changes to copyright law.

Since its launch in early October, over 700 people have signed up to FAC, including Iron Maiden, Klaxons, Robbie Williams and Kaiser Chiefs.


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