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Poster: "Heather Swann" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Poster: Robert J Welenc <email@example.com>
> At 09:13 6/27/96 -0400, Lady Celynnen wrote:
> >As far as posting the words to "Music, Sex and Cookies", there *is*
> >that nasty little copyright thang. Regardless of who's written the
> >song, I'd be reluctant to post it without their permission.
> If the author of a song is known, I would quite agree, but this has
> me wondering at what point copyright violation occurs.
> 1. I sing "Music, etc." in the privacy of my own home, for my
> own enjoyment.
> No copyright problem there, right?
> 2. I sing it at an event, for a few friends.
> 3. I sing it at a bardic circle, to a larger audience.
> 4. A friend with an ear for music learns it that way.
> 5. A friend who needs the words written down asks me for a copy of
> the song, which I hand-deliver to him.
> 6. Another friend asks me for an Email copy which I send to him
> 7. And then I post it to the list, since I know of others who would
> enjoy it.
> 8. I make a tape including it as one of my favorite songs, from which
> I make a modest profit. Obviously, if I do not obtain permission from
> the author, this IS copyright violation.
> At what point in this list of modes of transmission does
> copyright violation begin to occur? I would think only at #8, since
> money begins to creep onto the scene, but perhaps someone more versed
> in law than I can inform us if the law has a different opinion. Does
> it make a difference if I give proper credit to the author
> with #5, #6, & #7? What if I don't know the author, having learned
> it from a friend, who learned it from a friend...? (And BTW, since I
> sing in the key of Q-flat, #5 & #6 are the only ways I have
> shared favorite songs, giving credit to the author when I know of him/
Having worked for Kinko's and eaten copyright for breakfast, lunch, and
dinner, I would say #4 is getting close, and #5 is where you start to violate
it- after all, the words are also their creation, just as, say, a poem is.....
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