Capitol Records is offering music retailers legal support, if required, in selling of records bearing the standardized parental advisory label, according to Hale Milgrim, President, Capitol Records.
Originating with the individual state's and community concerns on explicit lyrics which culminated in the industry's agreement to voluntarily sticker designated recordings, the retailers are now apprehensive to order future releases exhibiting this warning sticker. From Capitol's viewpoint, this is resulting in a repression of the artist's right to freedom of expression and is in contravention of the Constitution's First Amendment. Accordingly, as support to the retailers who are at the forefront of this issue, Capitol will be providing legal assistance to those retailers who are restrained from selling labeled Capitol albums.
Each configuration will be clearly labeled with Capitol's own promise to support the retailers rights. Capitol's label will read: "RETAILERS: CAPITOL RECORDS VEHEMENTLY OPPOSES CENSORSHIP OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AND WILL ASSIST IN THE DEFENSE OF ANY ATTEMPT TO STOP THE LEGITIMATE SALE OF THIS LP/CD/CASSETTE."
Milgrim states, "The music industry has proven its willingness to address the issue of explicit material through our use of voluntary, uniform stickers. However it is becoming evident that other forces see stickering as an excuse to censor artists. This is intolerable and a violation of the First Amendment."
Capitol's new sticker will appear on releases due in August.
GOOD START CAPITOL! NOW HOW ABOUT GIVING SOME SUPPORT TO THE ANTI-CENSORSHIP MOVEMENT!