Hi, I’m Sem!
I am Sem, one of Tribe’s legal chiefs and this is what kept me busy lately.
First of all, Lou Reed died.
I remember finishing one of these boring law classes in university, when I almost bumped into… yes: Lou Reed! He was watching a city map finding his way through Amsterdam. At first I couldn’t believe it was him. But the next day I read in a newspaper it was Lou and realized I missed my one chance in a lifetime to guide Lou Reed through Amsterdam. It still hurts a bit though.
Since the news came out I’ve been asked several times if pop music had sounded the same without Lou. Useless question though, because we will never know. One thing is for sure, he influenced many musicians including me with the Velvet Underground and the best album ever: Berlin. Julian Casablancas stated short after his death: ‘Lou is the reason I do everything do.’ That surely doesn’t count for me but anyway: Lou, so long!
As most of you know I am helping Tribe of Noise to pave the path through the legal jungle. When you try to imagine that legal practice of performing rights organizations and other collection societies can be different from their national legislation, which can be different from international legislation, you will understand this is almost a mission impossible. Almost, because the team of Tribe of Noise loves the jungle and is very, very persistent. Therefore we are completely confident to fulfill this duty. I will keep you updated by this adventure via this blog. Trying to convince you that the legal change in the music industry is not boring but more exciting than Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs!