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Subject: Re: "Tristan" Recordings
From: Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 5 Jan 2018 12:53:24 -0500

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Please correct me if I am wrong but I thought off air recordings were fine 
as long as they remain for personal use.  (I know this is a little bit 
apples and oranges but...)  The line is crossed, however, when the off-air 
recordings are sold because then it becomes more a contested issue of who 
owns the product:  the phantom airwaves or the house.  Obviously, in this 
case there is no question as to who is making money in the transaction and 
it isn't the artist.

Obviously, in the modern age this has somewhat more resonance than in the 
good old days but do any of the modern singers object to being broadcast 
live?  I assume (?) stuff is now written into the contract that allows the 
house to do such things and everyone knows there are no royalties and such 

Does anyone know how singers are treated when their operas are released for 
sale from, for example, the Met?  I imagine the stars have a different deal 
than the chorus or the musicians, but does anyone have the insider's 
knowledge of how this works in a legit effort?

I have talked with some singers who despair of recordings because so few 
people actually spend $$ on physical recordings (or even downloading them) 
and because it is so easy anymore to simply take the work product from 
someone and share it across the internet.  YouTube is full of examples.  On 
the one hand, it certainly enriches us and provides an outlet for developing 
singers.  On the other hand ....

I have no pony in this race.  I have off-air recordings that I treasure and 
I have had friends send me copies of performances which are more private (as 
in transferred from actual DVDs).  I do not sell or share but that's a 
personal decision and each one of us needs to find the position on this that 
is right for us.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Bob Rideout
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2018 12:34 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: "Tristan" Recordings

It has nothing to do with stature. It is the law and it applies equally
to all who wish to invoke it. There have been a number of others, Jessye
Norman comes to mind immediately, who had no particular gripe
with the Met but blocked her performances as a matter of principle,
or so she said, and I have no reason to disbelieve her.

Ed Rosen was fond of saying that it was ok with such famous singers
as Renata Tebaldi, and, and...... so there was no problem with releasing
them. The major problem with that premise is that Tebaldi, and, and...
didn't own the rights. The Met and other theaters did, AND Tebaldi et
al were not the only singers on any of those performances.

Do I own any? Absolutely! My musical life would be much the poorer
without them, but the law is what it is.


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