Was the demo reel thing lifted in the last re-write of the laws? It has been a few years since I took Copywrite Law classes and I know it was an exception then. I also know they were in the middle of the re-write when I graduated, and while I work some with copywrites nowadays, it’s not nearly as much as I used to. I don’t think they would let me take copywrite law classes one hour than let me break those laws the next hour, though.
It’s amazing, I remember doing my first demo with music I mixed in ACID and was told it wasn’t professional enough. Use music that is being mixed on the station I’m applying for I was told.
Oh, and copywrites are almost always held by the label. Only a couple of huge named musicians get to keep their own copywrites. Still, you’d be amazed at how many indie films legally use copywritten music. The label should always send you a written statement that gives you permission before you use it. In 2003 my friend entered a film into the West Palm Beach Film Fest., and had an oral agreement to use a rock song in the film. Unfortunately, a hard copy never arrived and a local dj had to help out with music way too late.
And thanks for the info on the clearing houses. Musicians have had a little different set of rules to play by is what people have to understand. They’ve set up a set of rules that they abide by, that is what the clearing houses and the such do, mitigate between artists for the benefit of the industry as a whole.
Musicians realized a while ago there are only so many rhythmic combinations, and they needed a way to deal with sampling for the benefit of the industry, as the industry has made some major greenbacks over the years off of it. The rules of this are more flexible, and have ways of changing themselves as the business evolves. To the distributors like Sony and the licensors like ASCAP all they really care about is money, and how to earn more of it.
I didn’t realize they could no longer sample without permission. They always had to acknowledge they sampled, but didn’t need permission. But it did get a little ugly with a few artists in the late 90’s into this millenium. My memory isn’t the best as far as examples, but I do remember the whole Coolio/Weird Al thing cracking me up for a while.
One other thing, what about covers then? Has that changed, too? Or does the venue still pay ASCAP and everything is all right. I just can’t see all these little local venues getting permission for every song a small band might play in their place.
Thanks for the info