I'm quoting the story but I'm linking to Lessig's response to the story, which which links to the story.
] While Fraser has written more than 150 songs, continuing
] royalties from radio and TV use of two compositions --
] "All Right Now" and "Every Kinda People" (first recorded
] by Robert Palmer) -- generate most of his income. Had he
] given up his rights to those early hits, he would not
] have the resources to cover his treatment for AIDS.
] Such a decision might have been tragic...
] "No one should let artists give up their rights," he