If you think it’s just regular Joe’s who patronize escorts (and not the rich and famous), here’s yet another anecdote…this one courtesy of a guy who owned an agency that ran ads on late night Manhattan Cable TV…to prove you wrong!
Back before the Feds effectively shut the whole operation down, several escort services used to run bare bones 30 second spots – complete with mood-setting background music – on Channel 35 of Time Warner cable. Given the limited budget, where did the advertisers get that music?
Well eventually…it became licensed compositions either custom-composed (as with commercials I used to be involved with) or purchased from a source which held the legal rights to use the music. And that’s because BMI (a collection agency for music writers and publishers) came down hard on Manhattan Cable for stealing copyrighted music and using it without the permission of the publishers and authors. But before the BMI purge, a lot of what you heard were hits of the day used by hustlers who did not have the legal right to air the material.
To nobody’s surprise, the scum bags who were producing these videos had no problem lifting other people’s intellectual property from a moral standpoint. But when they got smashed with stiff licensing fees and penalties? Then there was a problem.
So as the story goes…my boy Ben was using “Hot Legs” sung by Rod Stewart for his commercial! And when BMI got an earful, they contacted Ben ready to bust his stones for lifting Rod’s copyright. But what BMI didn’t know was that Ben actually had negotiated a verbal contract to use the song! And how did he manage that?!?!
Well, according to Ben…the agency phone rang one night with a guy seeking the companionship of a girl. Vetting the caller to ensure the dispatched escort’s safety, the phone girl came to discover that allegedly, the caller was Rod Stewart! Seeing his opportunity, Ben got on the phone and offered the girl free-of-charge if he could use “Hot Legs’ for his upcoming commercial. And so the deal was struck: one hour with the girl in exchange for those legal rights!
By me, Rod sold himself a little cheap. But to his credit, when BMI contacted him, he (allegedly) owned up to the deal even though there was no paperwork in the transaction. Ya see right now I like Rod Stewart. He just as easily could have said “Ben Fucking Who?” But he did the right thing. go figure!