What You Should Know About Royalties
Copyright laws can be the catch behind covering your favorite tunes
PEOPLE PLAY STUFF ALL THE TIME," says composer-cellist Mark Summer of the Turtle Island Quartet, "but I'm not making money off anybody playing 'Julie-O' in a recital." He ought to be. As the composer of the tune, Summer is entitled to royalties—at least a few cents—every time "Julie-O" is played by somebody else in a concert hall, in a bar, or on the radio. And since he recorded the song with Turtle Island, he should be collecting money every time that track gets played on the radio.
That's the theory, anyway.
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