This is the basic question and problem here, the takeover. Because if they had not, none of this copyright infringement stuff today would have happened. Or, it would have been less likely to occur. According to the plaintiffs, our town’s other less slick, less pretentious school groups have all complied with the standard rights requirements for K-12 song use.
In other words, we doubt Luther’s been incorporated [update– or handed its vocal music operations over to a 501(c)(3), which apparently the VMA is).
Incorporation of this BHS vocal arts activity allowed control to be wrest away from the regular school board members and BHS administrators to a small group of unaccountable small-time “directors.” That’s really the underlying problem. So incorporating a huge segment of the BHS vocal music arts program was such a good idea, eh people?
Exactly what kind of money/support angle was going on there to warrant doing this? It sounds like it was a definite racket/manipulation move to be able to charge money for what should be a free arts program — and then to go on and exploit it.
A shortcut to oblivion is what it really sounds like. That’s what it’s obviously turned into. There’s your “21st-century” school/business/community partnerships in action, Burbank. Consider yourself warned — such troubles and turmoil are always baked into this kind of poisoned apple.
Still like your Broadian ideologists, you school board members? Here’s where going business world always gets you. And don’t even try to weasel out of this latest one by claiming that it’s not really the school district that’s in trouble here, or at fault. Because yes it is, and this time via a sleazily-run third party.
We can hear Applebaum now.