Thursday, March 16, 2006

Composer Russell Peck Does Not Pay Much Heed To Copyright in China

Jordan Green wrote for Yes! Weekly an article about Russell Peck, composer in the tradition of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart:

"Peck has also developed a following in China and other parts of the Far East, with orchestras performing his work in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Orchestras in the classical heartland of Europe — countries like Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany — have paid the composer handsomely for the privilege of performing his music, so he doesn’t seem inclined to sweat the fact that Chinese orchestras don’t pay much heed to copyright.
“People over there earn in a year what I make in one performance,” he says. “The money is just not there. [To answer] the question of if you’re going to get paid, you’re not.”"

Read more here.

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