George Clinton Explains How Bridgeport Allegedly Faked Documents To Get His Music Rights
from the cut-and-paste,-yo dept
We recently wrote about George Clinton speaking out about Bridgeport Music, the copyright troll that Clinton alleges forged paperwork to get the rights to Clinton’s works, and then went on a rampage suing hundreds of (mainly hip hop) artists for sampling Clinton’s work (something Clinton is in favor of allowing). As we noted, we were a little disappointed in the lack of clarity from Clinton on the details, but more of the picture is coming out, thanks first to a comment by people associated with Clinton, claiming:
Bridgeport claims ownership to the majority of P-Funk’s music by using a forged document from 1983 dealing with the transfer of the Malbiz catalog of songs. Armen Boladian has admitted in court that he signed George’s name, changed wording of the contract w/o notification, and practiced these same tactics on numerous other documents. Essentially Bridgeport acquired the music through theft, coercion, blackmail & other highly dubious actions.
Clinton has also put up a new video that appears to show Armen Boladian being deposed concerning these issues, implying strongly that he altered documents (the edits make it difficult to confirm the full accuracy of the questions Boladian is answering — but assuming the edits are accurate, that’s the picture the video paints).
Both the comment and the video suggest that Clinton is working on a RICO lawsuit against Boladian/Bridgeport. The video also suggests additional backroom dealings between record labels and Bridgeport, to avoid paying artists. Unfortunately, yet again the details of what Clinton is accusing the labels of is quite murky, but hopefully we’ll get more details soon.
Of course, all of this seems to highlight the sheer insanity of “ownership” around “rights” in a song. You can’t see it. You can’t hold it. You can’t block it off. The “rights” are fictions. They’re whatever is on a piece of paper, and people can edit and change the paper. That’s not property. It’s an imaginary figment.