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ASCAP Launches Bill of Rights

April 21, 2008

ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) has announced a new bill of rights for the creators of music for going forward into the future of the music industry. It has already been signed by over 500 artists including heavy weights Glenn Ballard, Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson, Justin Timberlake, and Lionel Richie.


The purpose of the bill is to remind the public,U.S Legislators, and those in music industry the value of the songwriter/creator. The bill of rights (as taken from the ASCAP website) include:

  1. We have the right to be compensated for the use of our creative works, and share in the revenues that they generate.
  2. We have the right to license our works and control the ways in which they are used.
  3. We have the right to withhold permission for uses of our works on artistic, economic or philosophical grounds.
  4. We have the right to protect our creative works to the fullest extent of the law from all forms of piracy, theft and unauthorized use, which deprive us of our right to earn a living based on our creativity.
  5. We have the right to choose when and where our creative works may be used for free.
  6. We have the right to develop, document and distribute our works through new media channels – while retaining the right to a share in all associated profits.
  7. We have the right to choose the organizations we want to represent us and to join our voices together to protect our rights and negotiate for the value of our music.
  8. We have the right to earn compensation from all types of “performances,” including direct, live renditions as well as indirect recordings, broadcasts, digital streams and more.
  9. We have the right to decline participation in business models that require us to relinquish all or part of our creative rights – or which do not respect our right to be compensated for our work.
  10. We have the right to advocate for strong laws protecting our creative works, and demand that our government vigorously uphold and protect our rights.

If you’re a songwriter/creator (or aspiring), and want to support this initiative you can sign your name here

Make Great Music,


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