Much of the discussion here is about what we may wish the situation to be
rather than what it is.
Given the financial position of the forces supporting the status quo, if you
would like things changed, ARSC has a Copyright Committee that is working
for revision of the present laws, chaired by Tim Brooks. Donations to its
efforts can be made through ARSC and can be designated for the use of this
committee. For a year, we had a lobbyist in DC who was pretty effective. We
couldn't come up with sufficient funds to keep him on.
Tim sends out reports regularly. The committee meets at the annual
conference. There is no shortage of ideas, only money.
You can earn your right to grumble by donating (tax deductible) to this
ARSC Copyright Committee member
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Nelson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2010 1:37 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] (copyright vs public domain vs value
Now were getting to something very interesting>>>>>> If a minimum quantity
of 100, 500, 1000 copies of a recording is needed for copyright payment,
then it stands to reason that any thing less than this minimum has no
So how is a 3rd party (individual or producer) taking money from the cr
holder by making 1 or 99 individual copies to share with other collectors
of the out of print material if small quantities have been swept under the
rug as of no value ??
Just something to think about in a different direction ... 1929,1930, 1940
discs sitting buried in vaults or collectors shelves must not have any
commercial value... if they did record companies would release them.
--- On Sat, 8/28/10, Matt Sohn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Matt Sohn <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] (copyright vs public domain
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 9:47 PM
> >> I do transfers for a small
> dance record company who has 50 yo masters and releases to
> reissue them. We have >>sent Harry Fox org.
> payment for mechanical releases on covered songs. 100
> records of a song @ .08¢ per song >>and have
> the uncanceled check returned... no explanation... it cost
> more than the paper work involved...... a >>good
> reason RCA, Universal, et al wont talk to any one about
> vaulted material.
> > Your check could have been returned because the
> statutory rate is 9.1 cents per song, not 8 cents. Call them
> up >and see if they can give you a reason why your
> request was rejected, but that might have something to do
> with it.
> I thought that the minimum was 500 units for mechanical
> licenses. Correct me if I'm wrong.
> -Matt Sohn