From Tom Fine: "The way I've noticed that this works in the actual
marketplace today is that people put stuff out, either for download or sales
as CD's. They have a website. If they get a lawyer letter, the material
comes down and I assume that in some cases, the people who hired the lawyer
get paid some small damages... "
It is a crime to make a copy of anything outside the public domain without
permission unless there is a specific legal exemption such as personal use
copies of commercially released music recordings.
This risk is a lot like the sampling issue in hip hop. If you remain under
the radar you probably won't get caught or face more than a slap on the
wrist. On the other hand, something going viral on the web could force you
into bankruptcy because the copyright owner has the right to charge you
anything they like for each copy that got distributed and it would be very
hard to argue that you weren't the only source of an unpublished recording.
There are also criminal penalties and, in the case of unpublished works,
invasion of privacy issues.
Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
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