- Acuff-Rose Music
Acuff-Rose Music was an American
music publishingfirm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.
Acuff-Rose was formed by country music performer
Roy Acuffand Fred Rose, a major Nashville music-industry figure who had a respected ability as a talent scout. Many country performers had been badly cheated in the past with regard to copyrightand other rights to their creations. Many were unsophisticated and naive and were taken advantage of by unscrupulous agents, attorneys, record promoters, record labels and others. When they started their publishing company, a condition to the gentleman's agreement between Acuff and Rose was that "our company would be honest. The writers would always be taken care of. No one would act in a shady way". [Acuff-Rose: Cornerstone of the Nashville Recording Industry. Michael Kosser, Author] Acuff-Rose was affiliated with BMI and had a subsidiary firm, Milene Music which handled music from ASCAPmember composers.
Acuff-Rose had its headquarters on 8th Avenue South in the Melrose district of Nashville and was something of a landmark to those knowledgeable of the music industry. It was here that
Hank Williams, to prove his ability to Rose, wrote what would become hit song ("I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love with You") while Rose went out to a nearby restaurant for a cup of coffee. Rose formed a friendship with Williams, as he did many performers.
On Fred Rose's passing in 1954, his son
Wesley Roseserved as president of Acuff-Rose. Wesley Rose lead the publishing company for the next 30 years. Wesley Rose was not only instrumental in the success of Acuff-Rose, but was also instrumental in the growth of country music outside the U.S., being the first country music publisher to establish offices overseas. Acuff-Rose Music flourished throughout this period. Lefty Frizzell, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Roy Orbison, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Mickey Newbury, Dallas Frazierand Whitey Shaferwere some of the significant songwriters signed exclusively to Acuff-Rose in the '50's, '60's and early '70's.
Acuff-Rose Music also operated a record label,
Recognizing the frailty of their health and that the company he and Fred Rose had founded in 1942 was in steady decline, Roy Acuff approached Wesley Rose late in 1984 and suggested that it was time to sell the catalog. They didn't have to look very far for a buyer. By May 1985, Grand Ole Opry parent company
Gaylord Entertainment Companypurchased the catalog. The company returned to prominence during this time under the guidance of Music Row veterans Jerry Bradley and Troy Tomlinson. However, finding itself in need of cash in order to complete construction of one of its trademark convention hotels in Texas, Gaylord sold the publishing company to Sony/ATV Music in 2002. Sony/ATV Music had previously gobbled up Acuff-Rose's main Music Row rival, Tree International. The combined catalogs continue dominate the country music publishing industry. In 2007, Sony/ATV Music Nashville became the first publisher in history to capture BMI Country Music Publisher of the Year, ASCAPCountry Music Publisher of the Year, SESACCountry Music Publisher of the Year and BillboardCountry Music Publisher of the Year.
Acuff-Rose Music was involved in a landmark copyright infringement case in the 1990s. "
Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc." (510 U.S. 569), 1994 In dispute was the use by rap artist Luther Campbell(then using the alias "Luke Skyywalker") and his band 2 Live Crewof a substantial amount of the Roy Orbisonhit song "Oh, Pretty Woman" in a parody. Claiming their version of the song fell under the fair usedoctrine of the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. 107, Campbell prevailed in The United States District Court in Nashville. However, this was reversed at the appeallate level by the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The case was argued before the United States Supreme Court on November 9 1993. Handing down it's ruling on March 7 1994, the court held that the appeallate court placed too much emphasis on the commercial nature of the parody. The opinion of the appellate court was reversed and the case was remanded for further proceedings.cite book|last=Siegel|first=Paul|title=Cases in Communication Law|publisher=Rowman & Littlefield|date=2007-07-30|pages=p130-135|isbn=978-0742555853|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=2axzQogOZe4C&pg=PA130&dq=%22Acuff-Rose+Music%22&lr=&as_brr=3&ei=pZdSSPi4Jp36tAOJgu2SBA&sig=dF89ZDiDOf6tfe_rRHsDgoUS1fo#PPA130,M1] Subsequently, the parties agreed to settle the case to avoid further legal expense. Jeff Tweedyof Wilco pays homage to the strength of the catalog with the song "Acuff-Rose" on Uncle Tupelo's final record "Anodyne". The lyrics include the line "Name me a song that everybody knows / And I'll bet you it belongs to Acuff-Rose."
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