[Dixielandjazz] ASCAP, BMI, etc.

will connelly willconnelly at bellsouth.net
Wed Nov 28 14:35:56 PST 2007

If the facts were as stated,  Elizar's right. But if the spy who visited 
the venue taped ONE non original tune, the owner was screwed. 
Scott's also right about airplay being the basis for royalty 
distribution, and statistical sampling kills OKOM.

Ministry of Jazz wrote:

>These 3 organizations demanded payment for what?! A guy playing his own
>music? What legal basis could there possibly be for BMI et al to charge a
>bar for hiring a guy who plays his own original music? And the court in its
>infinite wisdom backs the organization?
>How about we figure out a way to break the backs of these SOBs? There must
>be a way to hit them in the pocket book, which is the only place they'll
>ever feel any pain. What's in store for the next generation? A world without
>music? except for what is spoon fed to them by the commercial music
>If they put everybody out of business, won't they end up with nobody left to
>pay their fees? As far as I can see, everybody loses, and nobody wins in
>this game.
>Maybe if we started playing under water...
>Doctor Jazz Dixieland Band
>Tekiya Brass Ensemble
>Jerusalem, Israel
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Scott Anthony [mailto:santh at pacbell.net]
>Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:17 PM
>... For example, I read about one local bar in Noe Valley (part of San
>Francisco) that hired a singer-songwriter who played ONLY his own tunes, and
>the three organizations still demanded payment, which the bar owner refused.
>They took him to court and won and practically put the owner out of
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