Re: No Singing?
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Sun, 25 Aug 1996 23:33:53 -0400
In a message dated 96-08-24 20:56:16 EDT, you write:
>Is there anyone out there who could give a better idea of
>what the copyright laws say about this situation?
No one fitting your request, let me try instead.
Bands usually pay hefty fees for the music they perform at half-time.
Performance rights come along with the music they purchase -- which is why
it is so expensive. Many tunes have passed into the public domain, but many
other popular tunes are available. This is, after all, what music publishing
is all about.
Non-profits are subject to pay the fees for public performance just as are
profit groups. Non-profits don't pay some taxes, but that's about it for
breaks. Public performance is public performance.
Businesses that use FM music services, like MUZAK, pay hefty fees. Radio
stations pay hefty fees to broadcast. Same with television and cable
services. When you buy a disk or tape to play, you pay a royalty fee, and by
contract, you have purchased the right to listen to that performance in the
privacy of your own home. You have NOT purchased the right to broadcast it,
to play it over a p.a. system so others may hear, to use it as background for
your business, or for any other public performance.
In reality there are a lot of violations out there. That won't excuse you if
ASCAP or an artist comes knocking on your door.
Hope that helps.
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City