Recording Academy pushes for digital songwriter credits

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about how I’d noticed that iTunes doesn’t give credit to songwriters. 

It looks like I’m not the only person who wishes things were different.  According to an AP story by Mesfin Fekadu this morning, today the Recording Academy has announced a campaign, called “Give Fans the Credit,” to include “liner notes” and songwriter credits with digital music. 

To me, this seems like a no-brainer. 

Surely the people who were smart enough to develop the amazing technology that makes digital music possible, surely they can figure out a way to attach a little extra information to each song floating around out there in the cloud. 

It’s the right thing to do.  We need to recognize the artists who create the music we love.  I also posted a couple of weeks ago about how in the afterlife of Greek mythology, poets got to hang for eternity with the gods and warriors in the Elysian Fields.  Greeks clearly venerated their creative workers, and a culture that values its creative workers endures.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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