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Subject: Re: "Tristan" Recordings
From: Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 6 Jan 2018 08:30:04 -0500

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Again, apples and oranges but there was an interesting article in the 
Washington Post a few weeks back (tried to find it and failed) about 
royalties and the demand by musicians to extend the copyright period.  The 
article referred primarily to creators but also to the owning establishment 
and, in some cases, to the artists (depending on where the product was 
played).  Bottom line was that the general consensus of the artists was that 
the copyright should be extended to what amounts to a lifetime plus, with 
the goal of providing income not only during the artist's life but also for 
some of the life of the family.  Interesting read, and am sorry I can't find 

According to the Q&A section, there are lots of rules that govern who get 
what.  The background musicians get nothing at all at any time because, as 
you point out, they were paid at the time they were recorded.

But the composer and the owning company are suppose to get money every time 
the piece is played regardless of where it is played.  The singer only gets 
paid when the piece is played on the radio.

I'm doing this from memory so may have some facts mixed up but the gist is 
that you are partially right, the session musicians get paid once and have 
no further claims.  The artist has some claims under certain circumstances 
but the real winners (it seems to me) in the copyright matter is the 
composer and the owning company.

Maybe it is different in the opera world, even for recorded material?  Would 
copyright laws differ between types of music?

-----Original Message----- 
From: donald kane
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2018 8:09 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: "Tristan" Recordings

If you are under contract to be paid a given sum by your employer  for a
given amount of work,
why should that employer be constrained from using the product of that work
as he chooses,
whether for profit or not?  Should I have expected to collect royalties all
my life from proceeds
that may or may not have stemmed from work I was hired to do?


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