RIAA says it *does* support attribution rights for songwriters


The RIAA has responded to criticism over its stance on ‘moral rights’ for songwriters, saying that it is “puzzled” by the claim that it is against better credits.

“We wholeheartedly believe that all creators of music deserve attribution for their work… we have every incentive to ensure attribution, because it’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s good business as well,” wrote RIAA execs Cary Sherman and Mitch Glazier, in response to this month’s open letter from a group of songwriter bodies.

“The good news is that the opportunities for better attribution have never been more promising. Instead of hard-to-read fine print on discs and liner notes, music fans will be able to ask voice-activated appliances like Amazon’s Echo for the names of the songwriters of a recording,” they continued.

“Public websites like Jaxsta will soon launch, providing a rich and in-depth array of information about creators. Such information may not fit on the small digital screen of a streaming service’s user interface, but it can be publicly and widely available in very convenient and accessible ways.”

However, the response goes on to suggest that while the RIAA also supports better songwriter credits in digital-music metadata, it believes this “should not be legislated, but rather should be voluntary, or based on freely negotiated contractual obligations”.

Written by: Stuart Dredge