Two spring concerts in London are in the report for this week. Sing-Off Winners Pentatonix were at the Eventim Apollo in April. Earlier in March, Season 10 Idols Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart were featured artists performing with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at the O2 (indigo).
April 30, 2015: London, U.K.: Eventim Apollo: 4,819 of 5,055 (95%): $159,354
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox [featuring Casey Abrams & Haley Reinhart]
March 22, 2015: London, U.K.: indigo at The O2: 2,281 of 2,691 (95%): $70,172
Here is an interesting article about Copyright in Canada. It turns out that recordings that were 50+ years old had entered the public domain and a company started producing early Beatles and Rolling Stones albums on the cheap. The Record industry managed to put a stop to it by having their publishing arms return the already accepted mechanical royalties for the albums while their lobbyists got the government to rush a bill through the commons to increase recorded copyrights to 70 years (only in effect going forward).
I’m all for people being paid for their work, but these constantly changing copyright laws irk me. Every 10 years, we are treated to stories of how Disney’s great-grandchildren will be left to starve in the hedgerows if copyright expires. So Congress merrily increases copyright for another 10 years. Either make it unlimited or stop with this charade. Copyright was meant to expire because it stifles creativity. If one had to get permission from every heir of Shakespeare, would that shut down the ability of people to put on his plays or derive work from it? Would the world be richer if classical musicians had to find out what folk artist originally wrote the melody they used in their symphony and if their heirs approved? Would I get sued for misappropriating Miss Austen’s quote earlier in my post? If one decides that protecting corporations is worth the lost creative opportunities, just make the darn copyright permanent – stop wasting the money to pass new laws every few years to extend it.