Back in the day 1987 we were discussing copyright issues at the ARSC
meeting at UCLA. A dealer wanted to make a copy of one of Dave Brubeck's
recordings for the "little old lady wanting it for her husbands
birthday" but didn't have a second copy to sell her. Dave Brubeck, (one
of our panel with Captial Records counsel, Melville Nimmer,) said, "Send
her to me, I'll give her a copy."
Melville Nimmer at that time, Counsel for Capital Records also said
that they would never give permission for a reproduction of their
recordings because it was tantamount to requiring them to write a new
contract with each of the musicians hired to play for the recording, an
impossible job, given they wouldn't know how to contact many of them.
Paul T. Jackson
On 5/23/2017 1:27 PM, John Haley wrote:
> Steve, I don't know what "protected" means. Something is either subject to
> copyright or it isn't. Law is one thing; assumptions are something else.
> Orphan labels are a very interesting topic. But that is not really a
> copyright concern, at least under federal law--virtually all the orphan
> labels are for recordings way before 1972. The state law analysis is
> possible but usually messy. Still, because it is messy (uncertain), it
> serves as a deterrent that really should not be there.
> Karl, as you no doubt know, many institutions have an overlay regarding
> copyright law coming from a separate (and very important) copyright rule
> about "fair use." Archives and libraries are often in a position to claim
> it, as an exception to otherwise valid copyright law. Personally, I wish
> they would be more aggressive about expanding it, but they generally don't
> want to. Fair use is unrelated to PD.
> On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 3:42 PM, Karl Miller <[log in to unmask]>
>> Putting stuff up on the web...While my label is very small...I have found
>> instances where our recordings were posted on YouTube. I contacted YouTube
>> and had to convince them that we owned the recordings. The poster had to
>> remove the recording. We have no money to initiate legal action against the
>> Yet, in the instance of an institution posting without copyright
>> clearance...as my father the lawyer used to say, "you don't sue anyone
>> unless they have the money to pay you." In my experience at an
>> institution...the University of Texas at Austin...the University developed
>> a policy that if you, as an employee violate copyrights in any way, the
>> University will not pay your legal expenses and you as an individual will
>> be held responsible. Interestingly, when I was hired by the University, I
>> was given instructions to do something which I believed to be in violation
>> of the copyrights. I refused and the issue ended up in the Office of
>> General Counsel. My unit had to stop that particular activity.
>> As for this particular instance, you might want to contact the internet
>> archive as they seem to posted materials which could be considered
>> "problematic" with respect to the copyrights.
>> Tread lightly.
>> On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]>
>>> As far as I know, just about everything from 1877 to the present is
>>> protected in one way or another. There are orphan labels with uncertain
>>> In my opinion, putting commercial sound recordings on a web site has a
>>> greater potential down than upside. Other opinions may differ.
>>> There is a choice to be made between what you can probably get away with
>>> the probable liabilities, should things turn nasty. People do this all
>>> time. People acting as employees of institutions are putting their
>>> institutions at risk. Institutions have lawyers on staff to advise. My
>>> Steve Smolian
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>>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Another copyright question
>>> Hello again
>>> I have an LP made by A.B.C. (J. Naftali Records). Of singer Albert
>>> (The Yiddish Golden Voice of)
>>> I need to know if there's any chance of copyright issues.
>>> Might there be a list of labels that are definitely not copyrighted
>>> Of course, there's are the artists that might still be alive and
>>> I don't intend to make copies or sell them, just to put it on a free
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