Re: GSUSA & Music lawsuit threats
Stephen Lamkin (slamkin@OLLIE.JSC.NASA.GOV)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 12:02:41 -0500
Mark Michalski wrote>
>It was reported by a Detroit TV station (WDIV 4 NBC) that the Girl
>Scouts ( a local council/camp ) were being sued by ASCAP (music
>liscensing group) for unpaid royalties for allegedly singing some of
>their protected songs (such as Happy Birthday and others in their
>very large portfolio) at camp.
>ASCAP normally charged a blanket
>fee ($450-$1100) for royalties to the songs.
One of our local Houston TV stations also ran the story about ASCAP and the
Girl Scouts. The gist of the story was not that ASCAP was suing anyone, but
only reminding them that many of the popular songs were protected by
ASCAP's trademark rights, just as MUSAK and others play soft music in the
background at restaurants, doctors offices, etc. Commercial licenses to use
ASCAP or BMI protected music can run from $500 to several thousand dollars
per year. However, for non-profit organizations, the ASCAP yearly license
is only $25 per location - hardly a hugh sum compared to other camp costs.
A spokesman for ASCAP reiterated that they were not trying to quash
anyone's camp singing, but they were trying to protect the artists rights -
which is what they are supposed to do.
I think the whole thing just got blown out of proportion before anyone
checked to see what the real facts were.
Systems Engineering Office
NASA Johnson Space Center
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City