Re: GSUSA & Music lawsuit threats
Sun, 25 Aug 1996 12:30:04 -0400
On Fri, 23 Aug 1996, Stephen Lamkin wrote:
> 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.
Unfortunately, $25 may seem like a minor cost but if it applies to a BSA
summer camp where everyone who is attending is a member of the BSA, not
the general public, then it also applies to training sessions and cub day
camps and camporees and courts of honor and troop/pack/post meetings where
these songs are used. If it's not being done for profit then why should
ASCAP profit from it.
And I do have a problem with ASCAP's televised response to this. They
stated that Scouts have to pay for arts and crafts supplies, etc, why
shouldn't they have to pay for their music? I don't know about you but I
get most of my supplies for Scouting donated. Is ASCAP going to give us
the same opportunity? If not, they're not honestly representing the
situation to the public.
If you have a comment you would like to send to ASCAP, I obtained the
following e-mail address for Jim Steinblatt, Director of Media Relations:
Michael Kauffmann email@example.com
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