Re: ASCAP and Singing Songs
Mon, 26 Aug 1996 08:11:21 -0400
You make some excellant points as many others have on behalf of ASCAP. The
problem I have with this is public presentation verses private
entertainment. High School groups give public presentations; camping
groups entertain themselves. There is a clear difference.
Also, if ASCAP doesn't want any of these songs to ever be sung without
payment of royalties, the songs shouldn't appear in music books
specifically designed to be distributed for general singing. And if the
BSA already payed for publication of songs in their Cub Scout/Boy Scout
Song Books, why should additional payment be necessary?
One final point. When I was growing up, I took many music classes in
school, in church and in other social programs. Many of the songs we sang
were not out of books or any other materials associated with a fee -- many
were mimeographed, which is wrong, but many were from memory. You cannot
charge a fee on living and music is a part of life. The attitude of ASCAP
is wrong whether legal or not.
Michael Kauffmann email@example.com
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