Norqa wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:37 am
PS Wagtunes, could you provide a link to the band that are covering your songs now that the royalties are coming in?
I would like to hear what they are doing with your songs.
Who knows I may even purchase a track or two in support.
I would love nothing more. Believe me, I'd be blasting links all over the Internet.
The band's music is distributed through a German distributor who absolutely hates the US because of all the piracy in this country. In order to prevent this from happening, the distributor has taken drastic measures. The music is available through a subscription service and is only available to residents of Europe and Asia.
The subscription service itself is a closed service. In other words, you can't find it by doing a search. It is only available to join through word of mouth. Then to join, after you've been told about it, you have to show proof of residence. Living in the US, I don't even know what this service is or how to join it even though I am a member of the group.
It's bizarre and nothing like anything I've ever heard of in my life. And quite honestly, I wouldn't even believe this arrangement exists except for the royalty check I received in the mail sent by the group leader. Yes, the group leader and not the distributor himself. The group leader gets all monies paid to him and then he distributes them to the rest of the group. So he is the only one who knows who the distributor is. And he is sworn to secrecy under penalty of losing his contract. Obviously, none of us want that.
And while they've sent me copies of the songs that have been recorded, I am forbidden to post them online. Violation of that agreement will immediately ban me from the group and all future royalties. Obviously, that's the last thing I want.
So as much as I'd love to oblige you, I can't.
On the optimistic front, the band leader tells me that he is considering working out an agreement with the US in the future. But I'm not going to hold my breath because this guy sounds like a real piece of work.
Pretty messed up, isn't it.