Showbiz Sandbox 115: Record Industry Wages A Quiet War Over Song Rights

When the United States copyright law was revised in the mid-1970’s a little-known provision was included that lets musicians and songwriters reclaim ownership of their recordings after 35 years. Artists such as Bryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, Tom Petty and Tom Waits are set to regain control of their recordings starting in 2013 thanks to these “termination rights”. Rather than lose control of works worth millions of dollars, New York Times culture reporter Larry Rohter discusses how record labels plan to fight the provision in court.

Also picking a fight is Disney, which halted production of “The Lone Ranger” which was to star Johnny Depp and be directed by Gore Verbinski. Does pulling the plug on Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest blockbuster mean that Depp will refuse participate in another “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel?

AMC has had its fair share of scuffles lately. After numerous disputes with the creators of their hit shows, AMC has become not only one of the most acclaimed cable networks in recent memory, but also one of the most troubled.

We also provide analysis of all the week’s major entertainment headlines including Tyler Perry’s new cable network, the potential return of Mike Myers as Austin Powers, and the truly odd choice of who will be producing next year’s Oscar telecast.


Johnny Depp’s “The Lone Ranger” Shut Down By Disney

Could Things Break Any Worse For AMC….

‘The Walking Dead’: What Really Happened To Fired Showrunner Frank Darabont….

AMC Renews Breaking Bad

Syfy, In Reversal, Pulls Plug On ‘Eureka’

CBS Orders Script For New TV Take On “Bewitched”

‘The Lincoln Lawyer,’ ‘Nanny Diaries’ May Be Headed To ABC

Ex-porn Stars Show Off Their Musical Talents….

Jerry Lewis Will Retire From Labor Day Telethon….

Bert and Ernie: Just Friends, Not Gay, Will Not Get Married….

Weinsteins Eye Their Own Broadway Productions….

Bill Paxton To Duel With Kevin Costner In History’s ‘Hatfields and McCoys’

TBS Cancels “George Lopez Tonight”

Writers Guild Trying to Shut Down ‘Bring It On: The Musical’

Tyler Perry In Talks With Lionsgate For ‘Perry TV’….

Mike Myers Is Signed, Sealed, Delivered For ‘Austin Powers 4’….

TLC Cancels Kate + 8

Brett Ratner: Oscar Fan Who Recognizes His Outsider Status….

Live Nation Swings To A Profit As Concert Attendance Grows….

Record Industry Braces For Artists’ Battles Over Song Rights….