Re: ASCAP and Singing Songs
Jim Gibson (nefesh@JERSEY.NET)
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 00:54:25 +0000
On Mon, 26 Aug 1996 04:02:50 GMT Warren W. Weiss wrote:
> How would you feel if people just started walking into your house
> and taking food out of your fridge? Maybe use your car for a while?
> Oh look, a computer, let's log on the net and "surf" a while.
> Yeah, I need some furniture, let's take this couch.
> Property is property. Songs not in the public domain are for sale,
> performance by performance. That's the law.
What, are you kidding?? No one has stolen from the author if I get up
and sing a copyrighted song at a camp. I'm not charging people to
hear me sing (nor would I!) -- or advertising that they will hear the
song. The fees are not based on the music, therefore the author is
not any the poorer and I am none the richer because of the song I have
If the law says otherwise, then the "law, sir, is a ass!" Oh, dear.
That's Charles Dickens I've quoted. Since your Internet service
provider has charged you money, and just transmitted that copyrighted
line to you, therefore they should send a royalty to Dickens'
publisher. I'll inform them.
Sorry for the sarcasm, but the greed and arrogance here is
incredible. I'm a musician (not a professional one, but one
nonetheless), and I would be THRILLED if anyone would sing something I
wrote. Now if a band at a bar is charging $10 a head cover and they
play my song -- that's different. They have, at THAT point and that
point only, stolen from me.
Just my opinion.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City