Saturday, June 21, 2014

Is Ennio Morricone waiting for Box Office incomes for My Name is Nobody?

I tried to access this video (more for Terence Hill than for Ennio, but now it was mentioned, yes, the film music was good).

Terence Hill - My Name Is Nobody ( Full Movie English ) 1973

Cette vidéo inclut du contenu de SACEM, Believe Music, Studiocanal, [Merlin] Rossiter Road UK LTD et de UMPI. Au moins un de ces propriétaires l'a bloqué dans votre pays pour des raisons de droits d'auteur.

Ennio Morricone is not even mentioned. Not "this video contains material belonging to Ennio Morricone" but "this video contains material belonging to SACEM".

If that is the problem.

Or perhaps Believe Music claims the rights to Morricone's music? If that is the problem.

Or perhaps StudioCanal is worried if the video is not blocked, they earn less on lending videos with the film.

But they did not perhaps produce it? How can they then own it?

The company was founded in 1988 by Pierre Lescure as a spin-off of the Canal+ pay-TV network. The original function was to focus on French and European productions, but later made strategic deals with American production companies. StudioCanal's most notable productions from its early years include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, JFK, Basic Instinct, Cliffhanger, Under Siege, Free Willy, and the original Stargate movie. In those days, it was known as Le Studio Canal+.

I am not disputing they have a moral as well as legal right to earn money by lending out copies of My Name is Nobody.

But they do not have a moral right to block everyone else from giving access to the film in other ways, including for free. If they are the problem.

Now, I looked up Rossiter Road. They are on LinkedIn:

Rossiter Road Uk Ltd

We would like to meet artists/musicians of all kinds to help them to make know all around the world, to sell their musics.

If that is honestly what they would like to do (never mind the spelling mistakes, they will correct it no doubt to "help them to make them known" or sth), they are not the problem, they did not ask for that blocking.

Ennio is hardly in need of them to get known and blocking a youtube is hardly making anyone better known.

But, let us suppose that Ennio Morricone has given one of above a legal right (though not a real moral one) to act like this, that gives NO ONE of them any kind of even merely legal right whatsoever to go about - no doubt through unimportant underlings who can be promptly sacrificed if I should succeed - blocking artist after artist who heard of me from playing my music and sending me voluntary royalties.

The composers who buy into this system may or may not have a moral right to do so if they think they would otherwise be ruined by plagiarisers (would Morricone take my place as a beggar if this video were not blocked? I do not think so) BUT neither they nor these right holding companies have any kind of right to take such a decision for a composer who does NOT wnat to sign up on this system.

I am not begging because of all who play my music without paying me. But because my music is not played for paying public by artists then paying me voluntary royalties. And this has come to be so persistent, despite a very prolonged campaign to get played, that I suspect some mighty men are involved in a kind of blockage.

Hans Georg Lundahl
BpI, Georges Pompidou
St Aloysius Gonzaga

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