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Re: 3 Easy Steps to Musical Fulfillment

From: Hank Tomczak <>
Date: Fri 12 Nov 1999 - 15:46:23 PST

I mentioned this to Steve Valentine (JBC bassist/lawyer/driver) at the NYC gig. He said that Fire or whomever it is that holds the rights was in financial trouble and that Butch may be close to regaining the rights. They don't want to seem to anxious as it would drive up the price. I may have been (alright I WAS) quite high at the time but for some reason the number $2000 seems to be the number I remember him mentioning.

Shit, thats only 20 copies of Bloody Nonsense on e-bay!

I also mentioned to him that people on the list would probably be glad to chip in to help out.

I also would throw a $100 to this wonderful cause.

Hank wrote:
> Interesting idea about buying out the rights to the catalog. But how is
> something like that done - are the rights bought individually from the record
> companies who put out the earlier records, or are the copyrights owned by Pat
> (or any other individual(s)? Can somebody (any lawyers out there?) explain
> how that stuff works?
> We could all chip in (excuse my optimism here) and purchase the rights as a
> sort of co-op. (Except, probably, to be really cynical now, nobody would
> actually BUY anything we re-released except we list-subscribers ourselves!)
> But for kicks, let's put it this way: How many of you would pay, say, $100
> for a COMPLETE, digital JBC collection? (autographed copies would, naturally,
> be part of the deal.) Does that number of people cover purchase rights and
> costs of producing some CDs? I seriously doubt it, but maybe. How about a
> poll of how much money could potentially be raised this way? I'll toss in my
> $100 for starters.
> Of course, these hypothetical CDs could be marketed and sold to
> "outsiders," so to speak, through catalogs, stores, the Web, etc. But then
> you're talking about distribution costs, etc. That is: becoming a record
> company.
> Any thoughts?

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