Thank @iamjohnoliver and @LastWeekTonight for Supporting Songwriters!

Nice to see John Oliver and Last Week Tonight stand up for the rights of songwriters.  In the last segment of the show Oliver reviewed the permissionless/unlicensed use of songs by various candidates ending with a spoof music video “Don’t use our songs.”   Guest appearances included Nancy and Ann Wilson, Usher, Michael Bolton, Dan Reynolds, Cyndi Lauper, Cheryl Crow, Josh Groban, and John Cougar.  The message was unequivocally clear:  respect the rights and wishes of songwriters.

And of course there was this:

Michael Bolton:  Thank you for not playing me that’s a license you didn’t buy

Josh Groban: If I wanted to sing and not get paid I put my songs on Spotify

While some rights holders are being paid Last Week Tonight is correctly noting the issue with Spotify is that a large percentage of songwriters have not been paid at all.

A heartfelt thank you to  John Oliver and the staff at Last Week Tonight.


About Dr. David C Lowery

Platinum selling singer songwriter for the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven; platinum selling producer; founder of pitch-a-tent records; founder Sound of Music Studios; platinum selling music publisher; angel investor; digital skeptic; college lecturer and founder of the University of Georgia Terry College Artists' Rights Symposium.

2 thoughts on “Thank @iamjohnoliver and @LastWeekTonight for Supporting Songwriters!

  1. Hey David, He’s definitely John Mellencamp. Not John Cougar. Record industry folks saddled him with “Cougar,” and he got rid of it as quickly as he could once he had the ability to do so.

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