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Thread #21198   Message #224635
Posted By: Jed at Work
08-May-00 - 11:19 AM
Thread Name: Help: Copyright question
Subject: RE: Help: Copyright question
No (or probably not). If you tape a song from an audio recording that has been published, you may be in violation (every time I watch a moive in my VCR the tape tells me the FBI will bust me if I copy the tape) ... however, this type of copying of audio and video tape is done by millions of people every day, and laws against it are generally unenforceable. What will get you busted is if you do this to sell to others.

If you are live recording; that is playing and signing a song owned by someone else, and a song that is published (note;a song is published when a recording of it - CD, tape, LP, printed music, any other - has been made avaible for distribution in excess of 2000 copies) then you are not bound to obtain the copyright owner's permission, but are bound to pay him/her the standard rate if you publish his song (the standard rate is about 8 cents per copy).