In an attempt to reclaim the rights to her music, R&B legend Anita Baker announced last Tuesday that she is in a feud with her former record label, Warner Bros., to acquire the master licenses for her recordings. During such time she wants her fans to refrain from streaming her songs, she tweeted.
🎁Miraculously… i have out-lived *ALL, of my Artists Contracts🎈 They no longer “Own”, My Name & Likeness. And, by Law…30 yr old, Mstrs are 2B Returned, 2 Me🎼 Unfortunately, They’re gonna make me Fight 4 it. I’m Prepared, 2 do that. Please Dont advertise/buy them ABXO🎈💓 pic.twitter.com/PXe9xzsJK0
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) March 9, 2021
A master license gives the license holder the right to use a recorded piece of music in a media project such as a film, TV show or any other creation. The license is usually obtained from the person who owns the recording, which is the party that financed it, Republic World reported.
In Baker’s case, she has seemingly outlived her contracts and is now legally authorized to obtain music licensing to her records. She declared that she and the record label are ensuing in a legal war.
“They no longer ‘Own’ My Name & Likeness,” she tweeted. “And, by Law…30 yr old, Mstrs are 2B Returned, 2 Me.”