>> Even if we already bought a copy of the music?
Stephen Birkett answered:
>Oenership isn't the issue. As with all protected music you are expected
>to pay a fee every time it is performed. This, technically, includes
>modern editions of classical and baroque works. Of course, it would be
>very difficult to prove that you were using the particular edition in
>question, in exclusion of all others. So, in practical terms, the law is
>uselee. On the other hand, there are a number of holier-than-thou people
>on this list (from past discussions) - I wonder if they are squeaky clean
>on this issue??
I doubt that anyone living is completely free from the temptation to skirt
the letter of the law. I know that in my postings on the subject I only
try to disabuse people of blatently incorrect beliefs about copyright.
They will have to make their own decisions, but it should at least be based
on correct information.
>These payments are real - there is the Harry Fox Agency to whom they are
>supposed to be made.
Information like this. Harry Fox Agency only handles mechanical rights
licenses--royalties for recordings. Performance royalties are handled
by--whom else?--the performing rights organizations, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.
John & Susie Howell
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