Merck Mercuriadis mentions Morrissey in licensing question - Billboard Q&A

Behind the Meteoric Rise of Merck Mercuriadis' Hipgnosis and Why He'd Like to 'Abolish the Word Publishing': Q&A - Billboard

Billboard
has just published another interview with Merck, about his Hipgnosis venture, which includes this exchange:

Q: When you buy them [songs] outright, are there stipulations in the contract, like you can't license them to an anti-abortion campaign? Do you honor those type of things?

A: Yes. If someone says to me, these are things in life that are important to me -- because again, at the end of the day, first and foremost, I'm a member of the artists' community. For example, if I was buying Morrissey's catalog and he said, "You're never going to advertise meat with my songs," first of all, I'm a vegan, so I'd be very happy to follow that path. I'll never use any of these songs to sell meat. But if someone had certain beliefs, I would respect that because I want them to be extremely happy.


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License Meat Is Murder to the scumbags at Butterball!
Let'em run it in their holiday commercials!
Let's see if they have the guts to admit to who they are and what they've done!

O ye Turkeys of the world!
Ye Tender Birds Of Wonder!
Keep ye qualities of love and compassion at all times!
Do not get trapped by their mazes of hatred!
 

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