As more details are come out, artists and music industry professionals want to know what the destroyed works were? Last week, UMG gave them an answer.
“While it would be ideal if we could publish such a list, unfortunately, it’s not that simple,” Kraus wrote. “[T]here is no definitive list of what was destroyed in the fire because it affected both inventoried assets and those that were not inventoried.” Kraus is UMG’s senior vice president of recording studios and archive management.
Nearly 500,000 assets were estimated lost in the fire by an independent report. Of those, UMG has identified 424, and over 275 artists and representatives have requested reviews of their works.
No matter what UMG says, artists always can regain ownership of their master recordings from record companies. The bottom-line for the artists represented in the class-action lawsuit is that they have suffered a loss of profits.
– Excerpt from an article for LA Time by Randy Lewis. Find the full article here.
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