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Serious Info for those Recording Blues Covers

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:54 pm
by bluezguy
I'd just like to make folks aware that if you are recording and selling any Blues cover tunes...that is; copyrighted by the original artist/creator... that is not classed as 'open' or 'free domain', you are doing the Blues world a huge dis-service.

Please go to the Harry Fox Agency and get your mechanical licences per song. You pay only pennies per song sold and guess what???? Those pennies go the artist or if the artist has passed on, to the artist's estate.

If you don't do this, you are no better than those who 'stole' the 'free' downloadable music on those thieving free music websites. If you've ever been a writing performer and have had a taste of #####, scraps and sardines as you struggle to create something, then you'd know. Be a professional.

Please do the right thing. :)

http://www.harryfox.com

Mechanical Licensing Laws

Under the United States Copyright Act, the right to use copyrighted, non-dramatic musical works in the making of phonorecords for distribution to the public for private use is the exclusive right of the copyright owner. However, the Act provides that once a copyright owner has recorded and distributed such a work to the U.S. public or permitted another to do so, a compulsory mechanical license is available to anyone else who wants to record and distribute the work in the U.S. upon the payment of license fees at the statutory "compulsory" rate as set forth in Section 115 of the Act.

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2005 3:02 am
by srvlives
"This has been your conscienc speaking" :P

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'Do the shing-a-ling now baby'

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2005 4:01 am
by jaybee
>"This has been your conscienc speaking" :P
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>'Do the shing-a-ling now baby'

maybe, but if everybody did it / had done it all along, there might be less "benefit concert(s) for blues legend(s)..."

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:56 am
by srvlives
Said blues legends having been ripped off by their record company.....?

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'Do the shing-a-ling now baby'

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:59 pm
by ricochet
AND by the agencies collecting performance fees.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 12:54 pm
by stumblin
This issue always has me puzzled.
Are there different rules in different countries regarding which songs are public domain and which ones are under copyright?
Can anyone point me to a (straightforward and coherent English) website which will explain all these issues?
The thing is, I've been hammering away at a version of Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues" for a week or so, nearly got it nailed now, and I'm thinking of doing a recording for my website. Would doing so have the potential to land me in any legal soup?

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 4:03 pm
by ricochet
>Are there different rules in different countries regarding
>which songs are public domain and which ones are under
>copyright?

Yes.

>Can anyone point me to a (straightforward and coherent
>English) website which will explain all these issues?

I can't, but there are a ton of sites out there.


"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 8:33 pm
by stumblin
Thanks Ric, I'll search for some of those sites tomorrow.

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 8:29 am
by gcd revue
>Can anyone point me to a (straightforward and coherent
>English) website which will explain all these issues?

It's in the nature of attorneys to KEEP the laws convoluted and incoherent...thus guaranteeing future retainers.

Semper fi,

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:03 am
by dfduck
I'm safe. I couldn't play a cover tune if my life depended on it.
I can't even play my own stuff over again the same way, let along someone elses.

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:36 pm
by ricochet
I don't think Walter's got any worries, either.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:06 pm
by bluezguy
I'm back...sorry, I had to disappear for a while...royalty cops were after me ;-) .
Thanks for the chuckles!

RE: Serious Info for those Recording Blues Co

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:16 pm
by bow
>I'm safe. I couldn't play a cover tune if my life depended
>on it.
>I can't even play my own stuff over again the same way, let
>along someone elses.


I have that same problem...