Billy Bragg has come out in praise of the speed in which MySpace responded to his concerns that their T&C’s pretty much handed over the rights to his work to News Corp.
Before:the user “hereby grant to MySpace.com a non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense through unlimited levels of sublicensees) to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, store, reproduce, transmit, and distribute such Content on and through the Services.”
After:“MySpace.com does not claim any ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, ‘Content’) that you post to the MySpace Services. After posting your Content to the MySpace Services, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such Content, and you continue to have the right to use your Content in any way you choose.”
Speaking of Mr Bragg I was listening to the best of Kirsty McColl yesterday and her brilliant cover of Bragg’s New England. It reminded me of what a fine lyricist Bragg is.