My best guess is that since Caedmon is a spoken word label, the copyright and publishing issues are different than they are for recorded music. The recording bans of the 1940s were about pre-recorded music, not pre-recorded speech, which was still permitted during the bans, so the rules may not have changed in that realm.
I think Caedmon is now part of Harper Audio. Maybe they would grant a broadcast license for the Ossie Davis recording.
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I'm really not sure...why. Bing Crosby and others used to do this. More recently Mick Jagger.
Most publishers send out sample copies to radio stations for free, and no royalty is paid for those promotion recordings (it's part of the contract with the producer of the recording and rights owners.) I was involved in this back in the 60s.
It seems this is the reverse of what the recordings to radio stations get "not for commercial sale" usually on the label.
It is possible there are now new licensing terms in sound recordings I'm not aware of. Perhaps this site provides more information.
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On 4/29/2021 7:12 PM, Paul Stamler wrote:
> Hi folks:
> Caedmon LPs have a notice on the label, "Not licensed for radio
> airplay." My understanding is that a 1940s federal court ruling
> declared such limitations to be invalid, but the Caedmon LPs continue
> to feature the declaration. Can someone on the list fill me in on the
> real story? I have a wonderful Caedmon recording of Ossie Davis
> reading several of Langston Hughes's "Simple" stories, and I'd love to
> play it on the air legally.
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