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Thread #29260   Message #368728
Posted By: Burke
04-Jan-01 - 07:40 PM
Thread Name: Copyright Question
Subject: RE: Copyright Question
I don't think the back of the shaved possum would be covered by mechanical rights. I think that's just straight copyright & if for educational purposes falls within fair use.

The law doesn't call it mechanical right. But since it does call it "license for making and distributing phonorecords," mechanical seems good enough. Here's the law.

The interesting thing to me is that it's a mandatory license. I looks like that as long as you don't change the words or tune and you pay the fees, you can't be denied permission to record, even if the copyright owner hates the way you do it, or doesn't want someone else recording it.