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Offline corbe

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Universal paid a lot of money for Bob Dylan's song catalog. What's in it for them?

Daniel Arkin and Diana Dasrath  3 hrs ago

In almost 60 years, Bob Dylan has created a staggering body of work: wistful folk ballads, earnest anti-war anthems, fiery rock tracks, laid-back country tunes and even some gospel.

The artistic worth of his catalog — newly acquired by Universal Music Group in a blockbuster deal — is hard to overstate.

But the value of Dylan's songwriting oeuvre is not just a matter of his contributions to culture, according to music industry experts. Universal, a unit of the French media conglomerate Vivendi, stands to reap enormous rewards after it takes control of both the income Dylan receives as a songwriter, as well as more than 600 song copyrights.

Universal will collect royalties any time Dylan's music — from era-defining favorites like "Blowin' in the Wind" to this year's epic John F. Kennedy tribute "Murder Most Foul" — is sold, streamed, broadcast or featured in other media, such as a TV series.

"If you hear a song in a television commercial or you stream it on Spotify or you hear it in a movie, the publisher of that work is getting paid, no matter who is performing it," said Jeff Slate, a songwriter and music journalist who has written for The New Yorker, Esquire and other publications.


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Somehow, I don't think that when the founders allowed creators to claim a copyright "for a limited time," it was ever intended to turn such rights into a saleable property.
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Seems like the audience for this 'catalog' is soon to be gone.

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rusty opined:
"Seems like the audience for this 'catalog' is soon to be gone."

If that's true, it could be a very shrewd business move for Mr. Dylan...
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