The Recording Artist/Songwriter Dilemma: The Controlled
Composition Clause—Enough Already!
This article explains how recording artists are denied the ability to obtain full statutory compensation when they are talented enough to be able to create as well as perform their own musical compositions. It also describes how other contributors of creative content are constrained from obtaining full statutory compensation. What causes this restriction on potential earnings? Perhaps a primary reason is the depressing effects on earnings of the “controlled compensation” clause in recording contracts.
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