I'm not sure it's quite so cut and dried/all or nothing.
Would even the RIAA (or the artist, or the song publisher, or the
photographer) take the effort to sue the publisher of a discography (with
accompanying CD or website) providing 30 second clips of relatively
low-grade MP3 quality audio and cover art thumbnails? That's enough to tell
what the performance style is about, etc. but clearly doesn't substitute
for buying the actual work itself.
Surely they don't have an _infinite_ legal budget??
At 05:13 PM 10/22/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>It's clear the world divides into people on the outside and those who are
>institutionalized, living by different sets of copyright guidelines.
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>From: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2003 1:50 PM
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 21st Century Discographies
> > > From: David S Sager <[log in to unmask]>
> > >...call me old fashioned-
> > > a discography is a discography, used to identify factors that made up a
> > > recording session...it should not be a recording itself.
> > "You're old fashioned."
> > We are creating at the Arhoolie Foundation a discography of Mexican and
> > Mexican American 78s that includes: the discographical data, digitizing
> > recordings, scanning the 78 labels, carefully listening to each recording
> > and noting key words so that one can search by subject matter and many
> > criteria (sorry, Joel Bresler, "Child Ballad" is not one of our keywords).
> > The recordings, labels and discography will be accessible at the UCLA
> > Digital Library (copyright issues are their problem.)
> > We are also databasing and scanning, lyrics, artists photos, artist bios,
> > record company histories, record company graphics 78 record sleeves,
> > catalogs etc. This so far is only accessible at the Arhoolie Foundation.
> > So, from your computer screen you can view a data record of a 78 rpm
> > recording, view the discographical information, hear the recording, view
> > label, read the lyrics, read a bio of the artist, view photos of the
> > artist, read the record label history, view other record company graphics,
> > and have it pour you a beer (ok...that you have to get yourself.)
> > We have so far digitized over 14,000 individual recordings (about 7,000
> > 78s). We are just at the beginning of the databases of lyrics, photo
> > archive, artist bios and record company information, but we are moving
> > forward on all of it.
> > This is part of a larger project that includes 14,000 78s, 16,000 45s, and
> > numerous lps and cassettes over 105,635 individual recordings cataloged so
> > far. Once we have competed with our 78s we will adding the discographical
> > data from other sources and asking for help to fill in the holes.
> > With computers getting faster, and memory cheaper, it all fits on my
> > computer. You can either see it as taking all the fun out of collecting,
> > (and I do like just reading long printed discographical lists and holding
> > 78s in my hand) or as an amazing resource and new way to study music.
> > It's a start.
> > Tom Diamant
> > Arhoolie Foundation
> > 10341 San Pablo Ave.
> > El Cerrito, CA 94530
> > USA
> > 510-525-7471
> > fax: 510-525-1204
> > email: [log in to unmask]
> > http://www.arhoolie.org
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