COPYRIGHT

Recorded music

 

Rappers Wu-Tang Clan have set up a website to run the auction for their album, ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ which has been released with a single pressing of the 31 track, 128 minute record – the person places the highest bid will buy the lone CD and the box that contains it. And according to the record’s producer Cilvaringz, after a 88 year holdback – the owner of the physical CD will be assigned the copyright in the recording as well and could choose to release the album. Cilvaringz told Forbes: “After 88 years the copyright, which includes public and commercial rights, automatically transfers to the owner of the work. [But] it will still be his or her choice at that [point] to release it or not release it”. This week 200 people attended the sole public airing on the album at in a heated dome outside New York’s MoMA PS1. Guests and journalists were forced to put their cell phones in plastic bags at the front desk to avoid the 13-minute album excerpt from leaking.  According to Wu-Tang leader the RZA, bids have reached $5 million.

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/inside-wu-tang-clans-first-last-only-listening-session-for-new-lp-20150303