I don't get it. Exactly what was his copyright infringement? Selling his
revamped versions of other people's old hits on his site?
On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 9:39 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> Al Kooper, who wore many hats in the rock and blues worlds over the years,
> had an online "column" called New Music for Old People, hosted by the
> Morton Report, which seems to be a lifestyle blog for the wealthy.
> Kooper often spotlighted younger bands and highlighted many genres and
> musicians. He claimed, in announcing his shutdown (see below), that neither
> he nor the Morton Report profited from anything posted, and in fact his
> column led to sales of physical copies and downloads.
> Shutting down expertly "curated" blogs that draw attention to a wide
> variety of music and musicians is very short-sighted. I assume Kooper just
> got caught up in the general war on Grooveshark, but why would YouTube shut
> him down too, when it is teeming with unauthorized uploads of needle-drops
> and even full high-rez CD rips?
> Kooper's farewell message e-mailed today:
> Friday, May 1, 2015
> Howdy, music lovers!
> It is with a heavy heart that I have been forced to close down my column
> today as a result of alleged copyright infringement. The irony is striking
> as I have never profited from this column, never received a salary, and my
> sole intention was to inform others about music I believe that they would
> enjoy listening to and then purchase from the proper channels. I think that
> has ALWAYS been a major interest of mine. Those who know me well have been
> subjected to non-stop musical marathons in my Mancave; in seats next to me
> on trains and airplanes, in cars on long trips, or just in emails directing
> friends to music I thought was appropriate for each individual.
> When we started the column, we used Grooveshark because of their way of
> delivering a proper menu for each column, the fact that I was able to edit
> and remaster tracks to make them sound as strong as possible, and that they
> were being streamed - the intention being that those who enjoyed a
> selection might proceed to download their selections from proper channels
> and purchase them. I was hired initially by The Morton Report and paid a
> month in advance, and then never again. I decided to stay with it anyway
> as I thought it was a good thing to do for others and I enjoyed it more
> than the paltry salary they originally offered. Suddenly it's four years
> later and Grooveshark (who also were accused of copyright infringement)
> finally shut down under duress yesterday without any prior warning to us.
> My partner in this column these last four years, Lisa McKay, designed the
> column, selected the photos, and made it appear on deadline every week,
> perfectly edited. She also worked gratis for the same reasons I did and I
> could never have pulled this off for so long without her inestimable
> assistance. By total coincidence, we had decided to switch from the ailing
> Grooveshark to YouTube today, making it the first time we would be
> available for listening on smartphones, iPads and other such methods as
> opposed to only computers as sanctioned by Grooveshark.
> No such luck. Last night YouTube shut us down immediately for copyright
> infringement. The only people in business who understood us were the promo
> and press people behind the scenes. They totally "got" what we were doing
> because it assisted them in doing their jobs. There was one problem with
> me, though. I would only use material from iTunes or Amazon that I selected
> and purchased each week based on my personal taste. In all four years, I
> never included a track I didn't like, especially as a favor for anyone.
> Nor did I include anything I despised in order to slam it. No way.
> So here we are. I was at a crossroads anyway. As I have mentioned before,
> I am trying to put out a 4CD box set crammed with everything UNRELEASED
> from my entire 57-year career. It seems I have concluded my recording
> career with my last two CDs, Black Coffe and White Chocolate, which IMHO
> were the best ones I ever recorded. I started work on a third one, but
> found halfway through that it wasn't as good as the two previous ones and
> pulled the plug. The only way I can deliver this monster project is with
> your assistance. At the moment I am talking to several sellers and have
> realized that this must be funded by fans. In return I can send autographed
> paraphernalia and other goodies lying around the house to commensurate
> those who contribute. This is a very costly project
> for many reasons but I feel it is a capper to my long, crazy journey and I
> want it to be impeccable. So once the trail is properly planned I will
> start a Facebook page for the first time to keep everyone informed on a
> daily basis. That should be in the next month or so.
> Finally, I want to thank all of you who listened every week and you know I
> would keep going if they would only let me...but that's another whole story.
> So watch for the Facebook page and please help me to get this box set out
> before I leave this poor dying planet.
> All my best as always,
> @l k%per
> New Music for Old People