The potential negative impacts of restrictive rights on a composers legacy – The case of the Zappa Family Trust.
by Paul Carr
Since the death of Frank Zappa in 1993, there has been an ongoing legal battle between the Zappa Family Trust
(ZFT) and the so called ‘tribute bands’ that are determined to continue
translating his music through live and recorded mediums. It could be
argued that these ensembles effectively not only pay direct homage to
Zappa’s legacy by interpreting his music in numerous innovative ways,
but also keep his memory alive by interfacing with both his long
standing audience, and with a younger generation who may not be aware
of his music.