Quick Link: Tony Woodlief: Curse of the Copyright Holders and Their Fee-Seeking Lawyers, – WSJ.com

But in dollar terms, some decisions by copyright holders, rather than optimize the artist’s revenue and distribution, insure the opposite. When I asked to use a single line by songwriter Joe Henry, for example, his record label’s parent company demanded $150 for every 7,500 copies of my book. Assuming I sell enough books to earn back my modest advance, this amounts to roughly 1.5% of my earnings, all for quoting eight words from one of Mr. Henry’s songs.

via Tony Woodlief: Curse of the Copyright Holders and Their Fee-Seeking Lawyers, – WSJ.com.

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