Thursday, September 09, 2010

DIY: On With The Show?

So, I checked at  "The Sun Is At My Window" doesn't appear to be one of theirs.

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Let me get this straight:  BMI collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed but they cannot be sure that they have the correct information about such basic information as who is the "writer" or "publisher" of any given song in their repertoire?

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