The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162177 Message #3964474
Posted By: GUEST,21st Century Primitive
03-Dec-18 - 08:27 AM
Thread Name: Bright Phoebus reissued
Subject: RE: Bright Phoebus reissued
You say ‘record label’ but CM has effectively been defunct in all but name for over a decade. Their website is down, they are not selling on any of the usual online retailers, they have no distribution and no tangible presence. Their ‘reissues’ have been woeful - poorly produced needledrop CDrs with shoddy artwork, no sleevenotes, no promotion or publicity - and I suspect no royalties for the artists.
I think Domino would have known a cease and desist would happen - they didn’t even properly contest it. And yet, for a couple of years, fans have been able to buy a professionally remastered (no doubt from the copies of the masters kept from CM), beautifully presented copy of the album with comprehensive sleevenotes: exactly the sort of reissue an album of this status deserved. And all this with the blessing of the artists’ family and royalties being paid. It may be copyright infringement, but it’s also a public service.
Finally, there is nothing intrinsically noble about the small, independent record label. Some are very honourable enterprises, some are incredibly dodgy. In this case, CM May have won the legal argument, but continue to lose the moral one they have been losing for years.
If CM actually do a tiny percentage of the catalogue they own anything approaching justice, I’ll fall off my chair.