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John R.

A fair point and an issue that needs exposure for accountability (and fixing). The last sentence is unfortunate though, as it suggests that, like enforced racial segregation, the policy was put into place for the purpose of maintaining the status quo and marginalizing an oppressed minority. Further, it suggests that The Freedom Singers have been singled out by these companies because of their political affiliations, beliefs, race, and/or general righteousness, rather than *all* recordings made before an otherwise arbitrary date. While it's more than fair to say that the broken royalty and copyright systems are indeed oppressive to songwriters and performers, conflating the situation with that of front-line Civil Rights activists — or worse, Jim Crow-era Black Americans — isn't going to win any sympathy for the issue, and instead reads as myopic and self-righteous.

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