ERIC Number: ED284307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Recording Artists in Jamaica: Victims of the System.
Despite the international success of reggae music, a survey of Jamaican recording artists revealed disillusionment, anger and frustration with the national recording industry. Various artists identified a lack of professional ethics and discipline, and above all, lack of an updated copyright law as being at the root of the problem. Since Jamaica belongs to no international copyright convention, Jamaican works are usually not protected in other countries. Paul Davidson, a singer/composer, instrumentalist, and audio engineer, recorded a song that was a European hit, but the royalties went to his producer with whom he had no formal contract--a common practice in Jamaica. Susan Cadogan had recorded an album popular in Britain and South Africa, but because her original production company sold the rights to her record to another company, and because of a subsequent legal dispute, the only royalties Susan has collected have been for air play in Britain. Vincent Morgan, who has been playing with various groups for 16 years, finds it necessary to play music for tourists to survive. He has made records, but in every case the royalties have gone the producers or the owners of the recording studio. These cases and others like them show that change is long overdue in a system that discourages talent and kills the spirit of artists who have proved their worth in the international market. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Contract Law; Exploitation; Jamaica; Recording Industry; Reggae
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Union for Democratic Communication (3rd, Los Angeles, CA, February 27-March 1, 1987).