Jordan does not own and did not create the songs, Numero wants to pay artists or their heirs, Jordan wants Jordan to be paid. I could be wrong but that is how this reads to me.
@bobbeatle8 Thanks for reading the article about me, and taking the time to comment. It isn't about the money. As the old cliche goes, it's about the principle. As the attorneys pointed out, there isn't much money to be gained, even for the artists -- so I doubt their heirs will see any. And if they do, it might be argued that my (re-) discovery of the groups in question made it possible for their heirs to be enriched in the first place. And it's not a matter of me being paid *instead* of the bands (just in case there is some confusion about this). My agreement impacts them not at all. Of course I did not create the songs -- but I worked (can I say "my ass off"?) for a long time tracking down the bands. I essentially licensed to Numero my vision, not to mention the Yellow Pills moniker. I wrote the booklet and picked the track order. The CD was designed, at Numero's request, to be about me and my taste in music. For this, I did have a contract for a small royalty, which was to be paid only if, and as, the CD sold. If this is in fact a reissue -- and remember it has the same catalog number and all but a couple of songs are from the original CD -- then why wouldn't the label be obligated to continue to pay me according to my agreement? And I mean that in a legal sense, of course; which says nothing of any moral and factual flaws in not acknowledging my integral contribution.. At the least, the "Buttons Starter Kit" CD is a work that, in terms of the tracks taken from the original CD, is highly derivative of "Prefill" -- close enough to have the same catalog number. I'm absolutely not looking for a thank you; but not mentioning my name at all seems like essentially witholding information about the CD's production --in terms of who compiled the songs to begin with. To my knowledge, at least several of the bands, when they signed on, believed the "Buttons" release had my contribution and/or endorsement. And I'm not sure how somebody could read the entire article and take from it that I'm after money. If this is about greed, it's certainly not *my* greed. What's more, I feel the label continues to benefit indirectly from "Prefill." They are reissuing releases by the great band Shoes -- who were introduced to Numero via "Prefill." It could even be argued that the inspiration for the entire "Buttons" series came from "Prefill." Look, I am happy for these bands -- all of them. But if anything seems to be apparent, it's that after all these years some record labels, unfortunately, continue to contribute to the bad rep the music industry has always earned. Furthermore, I wanted to add that I realize the article puts some people in a sensitive spot, as I'm their friend, but they're also friends with at least one person who owns the Numero label. St. Louis is just this way. I suggest these people try to subtract who the article is about -- both parties -- and focus on *what* it's about. Does this situation seem fair to you? I appreciate your comment, bobbeatle8. By the way, any relation to...? Oh, nevermind.