Grace Maxwell, the wife and manager of Edwyn “A Girl Like You” Collins, took to her husband/client’s MySpace page recently to rant about filesharing, major labels, and MySpace itself. In her first post (via The Daily Swarm), Maxwell describes how MySpace had refused to allow Collins to offer his own hit single as a free download, claiming he was breaking the song’s copyright. The catch? Collins owns the copyright, “as he does for most of the music he’s recorded in his life (preferring to go it alone than have his music trapped “in perpetuity” to use the contract language of the major record company),” Maxwell writes.
What’s more, “‘A Girl Like You’ is available FOR SALE all over the internet,’ she continues. “Not by Edwyn, by all sorts of respectable major labels whose licence to sell it ran out years ago and who do not account to him.”
I could comment on that, but Maxwell really put it best: “We are very over it, but nonetheless aware of who the biggest bootleggers around are. It’s not the filesharers.”
Meanwhile, she posted a follow-up after her first rant grabbed the attention of the press, dragging Rupert Murdoch-owned MySpace into the fray, saying “Myspace has served it’s purpose and is losing its way.”