We believe the termination right doesn’t apply to most sound recordings,” said Steven Marks, general counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America, a lobbying group in Washington that represents the interests of record labels. As the record companies see it, the master recordings belong to them in perpetuity, rather than to the artists who wrote and recorded the songs, because, the labels argue, the records are “works for hire,” compilations created not by independent performers but by musicians who are, in essence, their employees.
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bs0d3 writes: Riaa fights artists over copyright termination rights Termination Rights enable artists to gain control of the songs they created from the record companies after 35 years. Due to economic downtimes and lost sales, the recording industry doesn't plan on letting this happen. Mike Masnick writes, "Dear Musicians: The RIAA Is About To Totally Screw You Over (Again!)".