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Grammy winner Richard Carpen-
ter sued Universal Music Group on
Wednesday for millions in royalties
he contends are owed from licens-
ing Carpenters songs for online
services such as Apple's iTunes.
Carpenter's lawsuit seeks more than
US$2 million in royalties and is also
being filed on behalf of the estate of
his sister, Karen Carpenter, who died
The Carpenters won three Grammy
Awards in 1970 and 1971, including for
their song Close to You.
The suit, which also names Univer-
sal subsidiary A&M Records, is one
of a number of lawsuits filed after a
2010 appellate court ruled in a case
involving Eminem's record label that
music downloads from services such
as iTunes should result in higher pay-
ments to artists. That ruling called for
artists to receive substantially higher
royalty payments for digital downloads
of their music than they do when a
physical recording is sold.
Carpenter says he has been unable
to resolve the dispute without suing.
"The Carpenters recordings are among
the best sellers in the history of popu-
lar music and after 48 years continue
to contribute a substantial amount to
UMG/A&M's annual bottom line," he
wrote in a statement.
"It seems only fair that these compa-
nies account fairly to my sister's estate
and to me."
An email message to Universal Music
Group was not immediately returned.
Carpenter has hired attorney Larry
Iser, who has represented numerous
artists in disputes over licensing and
use of their music.
"It is unfortunate that the Carpenters
were forced to file this lawsuit primar-
ily over an issue that has already been
resolved by the courts---but which
these record companies still refuse to
acknowledge---that digital downloads
occur pursuant to license and are not
sales of records," Iser said. (AP)
This month as Alta contin-
ues recruiting volunteer tutors
around Trinidad who are inter-
ested in teaching our adult stu-
dents to read and write, we fea-
ture a 'throwback' to an article
written by one of our tutors for
this column three years ago!
"For the past couple years I have
truly enjoyed being a part of Alta.
It really gives me something to look
forward to for the four hours a
week that I am there.
During my time at Alta, I have
served as both a Reading Circle
guide and as a trained tutor. At
Reading Circle, we use small guid-
ed reading groups and activities to
enhance student reading, whilst
the students get the opportunity to
work with other students who have
similar reading abilities. One of the
most rewarding experiences that I
have had, occurred when a group
of reading circle students' opted
to mark the occasion of Alta's 20th
anniversary with a painting that
they created themselves to present
to the founder of the organisation.
As a Visual Arts teacher, I was able
to guide them through this cre-
ative process where, for most of
them, it was the very first time
holding a paint brush. Although
we were challenged with ensuring
that all 20 members of the group
contributed to the project and
maintaining the secrecy of the
work until it was presented, the
sense of excitement, pride and ac-
complishment that was registered
on the students' faces upon the
completion the work will always
remain vivid in my mind.
As a tutor, my students' en-
thusiasm for learning and self
improvement lifts me up every
time. Moreover, knowing that
some of them work two jobs yet
find the strength to make it to
class twice a week inspires me to
be a better tutor for them. Having
been a school teacher for the past
seven years, I was unwise in my
belief that teaching adult litera-
cy was not going to present me
with much challenge because of
my prior teaching experiences.
My introduction however to "the
Alta way of teaching" presented
me with the challenge of accept-
ing an adapting Alta's set routine
member sues over
Richard and Karen Carpenter had
many hits during the 70s and 80s
including Close to You.
Alta's Throwback Thursday
Alta is currently recruiting tutors to
begin teaching in the next academic
year (September 2017). If you have a
Grade I or II in CSEC English (General
Proficiency) or its equivalent and time
to teach twice a week for two hours
per session for an academic year, give
us a call today at 624-2582. Volun-
teer, Donate or Sponsor-a-student.
Call 624-2582 or email Altapos.tt@
gmail.com for more info. Keep up to
date with Alta on Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram: Alta TT
teaching strategies, whilst integrating
them into my normal teaching practice.
However, with much practice and ded-
ication during our training sessions, I
have now found myself adopting many
of the teaching strategies that I have
learnt from Alta into my regular Visual
Arts classroom settings.
Volunteerism has proven to be one
of the best teachers and my time spent
at Alta has provided me with the op-
portunity to grow and improve myself
while making a difference in someone
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