Edwyn Collins furious at MySpace takedown

November 2009


Edwyn Collins’ manager and wife Grace Maxwell’s has publicly attacked MySpace and Warner Music for refusing to let the musician’s biggest hit, ‘A Girl Like You’, from being streamed on his MySpace page due to a copyright claim from Warner Music despite the fact that Warner don’t own the copyright to the song. It seems the copyright is retained by Collins who had a previous relationship with Warners but that relationship has expired. Maxwell also pointed out that Warner sell the song, and others they don’t own the rights to, on download stores worldwide. Taking to her blog on Collins’ official website again this week, Maxwell said: “Whaddaya know? After 30 odd fruitless emails, ‘A Girl Like You’ is now available in full on the MySpace player! So, today’s lesson is simple: the most powerful department in any organisation is the press office.The whole sad world runs scared of bad publicity, especially from a righteous source like Edwyn Collins”. She added: “Warner Music Group has no connection with Edwyn whatsoever and yet they are still corporately arrogant enough to steal Edwyn’s copyright and God knows what else from others. A guy from MySpace advised me to treat their copyright department with kid gloves if I wanted a result. It didn’t work. If the shoe was on the other foot they’d have been down on us like a ton of bricks. The next time a major tries to take anyone to court for copyright infringement, I’m volunteering my services as a witness for the defence”.

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