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Thread #65401   Message #3377993
Posted By: GUEST,eFriedman
17-Jul-12 - 07:27 PM
Thread Name: Questions Re: the Lomaxes and Copyright
Subject: RE: Questions Re: the Lomaxes and Copyright
This obituary of the late Howie Richmond explains the music publishing business -- something that even performers failed to understand. It does not mention the mechanical rights that accrued to the music publishers but otherwise is right on target. In the 1950s Richmond made a fortune copyrighting (using pseudonyms and subsidiary publishing firms) songs collected by the Lomaxes and published in their (copyrighted) books by claiming that the Lomax copyrights were not valid.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/arts/music/howie-richmond-music-publisher-dies-at-94.html