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Thread #101458   Message #2047789
Posted By: Howard Jones
10-May-07 - 06:00 AM
Thread Name: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Subject: RE: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
I listened to the programme last night. It was disappointing that DB wasn't asked to explain his position. All he said was that the artists on "Bright Phoebus" weren't entitled to royalties under the terms of the original contract, and that folk albums don't make any money anyway.

Quite apart from the financial considerations for the artists involved, DB is sitting on a significant part of the folk revival's heritage, including a number of seminal albums. He could have been seen as a hero and saviour for preserving these, instead he is widely vilified and his reputation is zero. And as Ralphie has pointed out, no-one is making any money out of it. It baffles me that a situation where everyone loses could so easily be changed to one where everyone benefits.

At the very least, it would be helpful to understand DB's reasons for his behaviour.