And isn’t it ironic that presently, copyright lawsuits are still being used against famous musicians?
‘…The boycott lasted for almost a year. In late 1941, ASCAP signed an agreement with radio stations at terms less generous than it had before the boycott. The Justice Department also sued ASCAP again on antitrust grounds. This time ASCAP lost, and it was forced to accept regulations that opened it up to other musicians and set blanket rates for licensing deemed fair by third parties.
‘With the gatekeeper gone, the new genres maintained their national audience and anointed new stars, including the first rock and roll icons in the following years, a development that grew out of the once neglected genres like blues.
‘Plenty of other economic forces spurred the national adoption of blues, country, and folk. Migration, especially between the north and south, helped spread local music, and the development of African-American communities into a larger economic force also contributed to the music industry’s interest in black musicians. (On the flip side, during World War II, a shortage of shellac, the material needed to make records, was so acute that people had to return a record to buy a new one, which led the music industry to focus on pop music to the detriment of blues, gospel, and other genres.) Advances in recording equipment, including technology taken from Nazi Germany after the war, also democratized music publishing and facilitated the rise of independent record companies that fueled the rise of rock ‘n’ roll…’
The US-Anglophone Language Imperialism
‘If there’s a war on language, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is the English one against all others (I am a German native speaker, so take some from me):
‘It has been shown -over and over again- how European translations of all things Asian have directly misinterpreted those other civilizations, and robbed the Asians of their originality, their inventiveness, and their intellectual property rights. This great destruction of foreign words follows the history of the Europeans like genocide, colonialism, and orientalism.
‘For years, established scholars try to reach Western media outlets like Bloomberg, NYT, WSJ, Science, The Economist, and what not to inform people like Mr. Roberts of this systematic, relentless US-Anglophone language imperialism…’