For anyone in the music business, for students of music and business, for consumers of music, and for anyone who has an interest in intellectual property law, this little paperback (easy reading and less than 150 pages) should be on your REQUIRED READING list. If you think this topic can't affect you, check out the story (on page 116) of how in 1996, ASCAP threatened children's summer camps with lawsuits to prevent them from sponsoring singing around the campfire of songs like "This Land Is Your Land" and "Ring Around the Rosie". If you think you are safe singing "Happy Birthday" to your child or grandma, you need to check out the inconvenient truth about intellectual property law (and the out-of-control interests of major music labels) in this text by Joanna Demers.
For anyone who has felt ripped off by the music publishing industry, this is a must read. The utter greed of these companies is thoroughly documented. Also, the inane laws that "protect" their rights is explored leaving the reader to wonder why they should ever buy a cd again. Excellent read.
As a 70 year old ex pro musician who has spent his life creating and performing and enjoying music with melody and harmony,I was expecting to read about copyright as applied to original composition…A Alas ,this is not what the book is about a the main thrust is directed towards"sampling"....about lifting portions of someone else's recording,inserting it into one's own"collage of sound,paying no fee if unknown,or applying for permission if expecting to make money out of it,by preempting any expectation of court proceedings.This is not about a Beatle,intentionally or otherwise, writing My Sweet Lord and using the melody of He's So Fine.Whilst freely admitting that this environment might well be on a different planet, it does not seem to be about music"as I know it".It seems to be a world of "beats, using someone else's successful rhythmic feel and sound as a building brick to make a new whole.I see some parallel in obtaining a commodity and hoping...
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