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Other Half Entertainment is making the following statement regarding the recent information of a reported CD release from Sunset Recordings, Inc., involving the works of Laura Branigan.

Other Half Entertainment has been in regular contact with the sole source (hereinafter referred to as "the source") of certain volumes of unreleased material featuring Laura Branigan from both the pre- and post-Atlantic Recording Corporation time periods. This source wishes to remain anonymous to the public at this time.

Other Half Entertainment has been aware of the details of the proposed CD project, as well as the particulars of the genesis of the concept.

Subsequent to specific communications between all involved parties, it has been verified that none of the material held exclusively by the source has ever, at any time, been turned over to anyone outside the source in any tangible form, and as such, is not physical possession or property of any person or entity other than the source. The source also verified that no masters of any type or form exist for any of the material held exclusively by the source.

Both Other Half Entertainment and the source have mutually agreed to decline to enter into any type of arrangement with Sunset Records, including, but not limited to, the submission or other disposition of the source's material, any creation of "masters" of the source's material, any licensing arrangement involving Laura Branigan performance, song and/or lyric writing, and/or the production, packaging, distribution or other disposition of said material.

Both Other Half Entertainment and the source feel passionately about the ultimate release of certain material performed by Laura Branigan, are willing to work with industry partners who share the Laura Branigan vision, and are in full agreement that the mandates Laura herself left to Other Half Entertainment must be paramount in that any release to the public must be produced in accordance with her stated standards, guidelines, and wishes, with the overarching goal of honoring her incredible legacy.

Other Half Entertainment continues to strive toward the betterment of the legacy of Laura Branigan both with the fans, and with the music industry at large. Our efforts, and we believe the efforts of the fans and those in the broader entertainment industry, do the best good for Laura's legacy when our actions and efforts are guided upon a positive and constructive answer to the question: "What would Laura think if she listened, saw, or read what we desire to do, say, write, or create?" We will not compromise the extremely high standards Laura herself modeled of integrity, quality, professionalism, and respect, simply for the sake of placing a "product" in the hands of the public.

Other Half Entertainment will not make any further public or private comment regarding this specific issue at this time.



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:33 pm 
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Due to recent attempts by certain individuals to catapult a one-sided account into the whole account regarding this subject, we are making an additional statement.

The recent events surrounding a proposed CD release by Sunset Records clearly dictate the necessity of looking at this situation within the proper context and chronology.

The content of an email sent by Sunset to a fan, which was subsequently posted publicly by another fan, given the factual inconsistencies, appears to be based upon the presumption by Sunset at the time that Other Half Entertainment either did not have complete details of the project, and/or a presumption that we did not know the source of the unreleased material. The facts are that Other Half Entertainment did have complete factual details regarding the project from the entity we have previously referred to as the source, and most importantly, as previously stated, we knew the source had not handed over any of the unreleased material in their possession to Sunset, as confirmed to us by both the source, as well as via Sunset's email communications to us, which incidentally also included language that clearly indicated Sunset's intention to work with Other Half Entertainment on such a project.

Both Sunset and the source verified to us that outside of what turned out to be a casual dialogue and Sunset's hearing of only brief clips of a few songs, the tracks have not even been listened to in their entirety by Sunset, and it is also fact that the source does not possess masters of the tracks, nor has Sunset created any masters from the source's in-hand material. The project took a giant leap on Sunset's part from a casual conversation regarding concept to the appearance of a CD title and release date on the Internet. The source was totally unaware of this progression on the part of Sunset until we contacted them. After further discussion with the source, it then became clear to us that the information we had directly received in emails from Sunset regarding a proposed CD project was markedly different from both what we and the source knew concerning the project, and what the public appeared to perceive about it; it was due to this that we decided to delay any further direct contact with Sunset.

Throughout this time, confusion was being caused either intentionally or unintentionally by certain fans in the initial thread here regarding a CD release. Due to this confusion despite the fact we had relayed in general the rationales for why a November 11 release date was implausible, particularly in light of our knowledge that certain songs listed on the published track list were not even in Sunset's possession, we unilaterally made the decision to delete the thread. Chronologically next, the source had sent an email in which both we and Sunset were named recipients, which regarded any continued viability of the project. Its content, coupled with the entity from which it came, would have clarified for Sunset that Other Half Entertainment did in fact foreknow the complete chronology and substance of events regarding the project as we had received them previously directly from the source. In response to that email, both we and the source received the same profanity-laced emails from Sunset. As far as timeline, this email exchange between the three parties took place after the email from Sunset to a fan was posted publicly.

Other Half Entertainment reported the truth to the fans that no CD was going to be at a completion status for release on November 11, and that has been proven a fact since that date has now come and gone with no product released. We also made our previous statement in this thread based again upon the facts that none of the unreleased tracks in the possession of the source have either been physically handed over to or legally signed over to as being the property of Sunset. Other Half Entertainment provided the truth to the fans, which can be backed up by tangible evidence, and we will continue to conduct the business of representing Laura Branigan in a professional and respectful manner. We also reiterate that both Other Half Entertainment and the source have mutually declined to enter into any agreement with Sunset.






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The Legal Affairs department at Rhino Entertainment/Warner Music Group recently notified us that a Cease & Desist letter was sent out by them to Sunset Records on January 15, 2009 in regards to various recordings purported to be placed on a “Life’s Music” CD. Sunset has been instructed to cease and desist from any exploitation of Laura’s recordings made during the time that Laura was an exclusive Atlantic artist, as any such exploitation infringes upon Atlantic’s rights. None of Laura’s Atlantic recordings have been licensed by Rhino/WMG for use by Sunset Records.

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