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Re: song publishers
11/27/2006 9:26 AM
Rob Bee (569) wrote:
It's to do with copyright.
I might be wrong about the exact details but I think it's covering
a different area of protection.
Mechanical copyright is held separatly from performers
copyright. A recorded work is protected by mechanical copyright
and the laws which govern the medium it is stored on - whether
it's an album on CD, a performance from a TV show on film,
hard disk whatever. The actual copyright of the song is held
separately and I think is protected by the publishers. In practicle
terms, if you want to do a cover of a song you need permission
from the holders of the songs copyright, if you want to sample a
song or use a clip of a performance on a video/DVD you need
permission to use the song - as previous - AND mechanical
copyright clearance to use the version you want (from the
publishers, if I'm right).
To draw a parallel, you can perform Shakespeare whenever you
like as it's out of copyright, but you can't photocopy a
Shakespeare book without permission from the publishers.
I'm fairly sure I've got some detail wrong there, but it's
something like that.