Re: No Singing?
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 12:26:56 -0600
I heard about this on the news the other night, but the details were a
little fuzzy. I was under the impression that the limitations on public
performance only applied when the performance was for-profit. Is this
not the case?
If this has changed, I see all sorts of absurdities which would follow:
school bands cannot play any music from ASCAP at their concerts without
paying a fee, you couldn't play any ASCAP music loud enough that someone
else can hear it (well, maybe this isn't all bad), public
(not-for-profit) recitals would be forced to stop, and so forth.
Perhaps this could be taken a step farther and ban all readings from
copyritten materials in public as well -- so much for reading
Shakespeare's plays aloud in English class or having poetry sessions.
>From the news reports I heard, it sounds like ASCAP is being a real
bully about this. They talked with a local storeowner who got accused
(had songs playing over the PA system, I believe) and fought them in
court. After two years of litigation, he had to settle out-of-court
because the fight became too expensive and time-consuming (it's a small
business). Is there anyone out there who could give a better idea of
what the copyright laws say about this situation?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City