|Re: MP3 ripping claimed illegal
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Author: Mike Rivers Date: Jan 2, 2008 21:06
On Jan 2, 2:39 pm, Doc yahoo.com> wrote:
> And naturally, winners of "The Singing Bee", past winners of "Name
> That Tune" as well as anyone found humming or whistling tunes will be
> subject to fines since they're carrying around unlicensed copies of
> songs inside their heads.
Singing a song that's not in performance is considered "fair use." You
can sing in the shower or rehearse a song with your band without
dropping a dime in the royalty slot each time you sing it. When you
actually perform it, however, the venue in which you perform it is
responsible for paying the license fee for the song.
TV shows most certainly license the music that's incorporated into the
show. Typically they pay an annual fee based on estimated audience
numbers, then submit a list of the songs they used so the royalties
can be distributed to the proper publishers.
> RIAA lawyers will be infiltrating wedding receptions and bar/bas
> mitzvahs where some relative is DJ'ing and playing CD's without
> tithing any licensing fees.
Oh, they already do. Nothing new there.
> What about all these hobbyist midi sites?
The RIAA got the Compuserve MIDI Forum and a number of BBSs with MIDI
files shut down nearly 20 years ago. They've made their point.