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jimdrake 24th August 2012 10:38 PM

Legally allowing free copying of published works?
 
If a song is published and registered with the appropriate collection body, is it possible to legally allow free copying of the recording of that song?

ksandvik 24th August 2012 10:44 PM

Yes, the royalty services collect money from performances, not from downloads. In an extreme case you could have a song that is played one-an-hour on the radio ranking up huge amounts of royalties and at the same time it's a free download. Don't know of any such cases, though.

jimdrake 24th August 2012 10:50 PM

I understand that legally if somebody downloads a song then they have made a copy.

And to make a copy of a recording legally you have to apply for a mechanical license.

If you offer your song "for free" on your website then you are basically granting the mechanical license yourself. If you have assigned that song to a collection agency then you no longer have the right to grant a license for your own work?

John Eppstein 25th August 2012 07:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimdrake (Post 8195892)
I understand that legally if somebody downloads a song then they have made a copy.

And to make a copy of a recording legally you have to apply for a mechanical license.

If you offer your song "for free" on your website then you are basically granting the mechanical license yourself. If you have assigned that song to a collection agency then you no longer have the right to grant a license for your own work?

No, because a broadcast (performance) license isn't the same thing as a recording (mechanical) license.

FWIW, a broadcast license for non-internet radio in the US only pays the songwriter and publisher, not the act that made the recording.

AyA 26th August 2012 02:59 PM

I know why I never made it to be a star as a musician...


I'm a musician not a ****ing lawyer...

AyA 26th August 2012 03:01 PM

Laws are only good for lawyers...


Time for some new laws. Laws of man. Not laws of lawyers.