Because, after all, the primary asset that a record company has is the intellectual property that an artist creates for them: the master recording
The issue relates to copyright and to "neighbouring rights," also known as "related rights." Neighbouring rights is a term in copyright law used to describe the rights of performers and master recording
owners (record labels).
This equates to an average price of $US 0.10/sq cm or $US 0.64 per sq inch and does not include initial costs such as design, master recording
, and data processing.
The judge also held the companies in contempt w hen they refused to surrender the master recording
Or to be more precise, master tones, which take the technology from the electronic bleeps that blast out something resembling a Britney Spears track when a phone rings, to using the actual master recording
A telephone ringtone using the actual master recording
of a song or piece of music.
By contrast, the artists "felt that, since they had to pay recording costs and other expenses, they acted like an independent contractor rather than an employee," and therefore have the stronger claim on the master recording
, the source says.
Asked by Swift about recording past songs so she can regain control of her master recordings
, she said yes.