[Dixielandjazz] Jazz 1919 - piracy
pj.ladd at btinternet.com
Sun Oct 10 05:07:18 PDT 2004
<<There has to be a middle ground where a kid can tape something off the air
or a musician play a tune and not have the moralists scream thief >>
Hi, I am sure you are right. I don`t think that anyone will find it
practical to chase up someone who is downloading a few tunes or even a lot.
The people who are being prosecuted are those making a business out of
uploading stuff onto the net 24 hours a day. That cannot be right.
The copyright problem seems also to be amatter of degree. My Rotary Club
play Christmas carol tapes while collecting for charity for about a week
each year. We have to have a performing right license. I have never thought
to ask where the money goes but I assume that it goes back to the music
industry in some shape or form.
Copyright laws are there to protect the intellectual rights of the composer,
artist, writer or whatever. That seems reasonable, how else can `the source`
protect its income, which is what this is all about. Whether the mechanics
of doing so are effecient or not is beside the point.
There is a statutary term during which the copywrite can be enforced, in
theory, after that anyone can use it. If Disney wish to extend that right
they have to go to court to do so.
Usually an artist, of whatever sort, sells his work by either relinquishing
all rights to it for a certain sum or retains certain rights, for a lesser
sum. I have just commisioned a picture. The price is £300 but if |I give the
artist the right to sell prints I can buy original for £200. Perfectly
reasonable I should say.
A musician sells his wares in the market place and gets the best deal from
the record producer that he can. Probably a lump sum plus commission on
sales. The price paid by the record company is based on an assesment of the
number of records which will be sold. If sales only reach 50% of that
figure through free downloading, the record company and the musician are out
I fail to see what difference there is between stealing what is on a record
and stealing bags of sugar from the supermaket. Or perhaps that doesn`t
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