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Thread #106522   Message #2206404
Posted By: GUEST
01-Dec-07 - 03:00 PM
Thread Name: Topic Records Folk Songs Of Britain
Subject: RE: Topic Records Folk Songs Of Britain
Ah, you've found the Achilles Heel to my argument.
You are right of course, though if there were any justice in the world the BBC and the EFDSS (both prime movers of the project) should really share the responsibility and the costs of making the collection available. The BBC appeared to lose interest in it, and the EFDSS, though they were aware of what was happening, chose to look the other way.
The irony is that if the collection was in Ireland, I'm pretty sure money could be found for making such an important body of work available. To date, the traditional arts are well funded (touch wood).
The problem with the UK is that traditional music is not taken seriously by the powers-that-be, and quite often by the performers and audiences. Some people seem to believe that taking a music seriously negates the enjoyment - not true of course.
This doesn't mean that the collection doesn't rightfully belong in the public domain.
Jim Carroll