Mudcat Café message #38140 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #6498   Message #38140
Posted By: Chet W.
14-Sep-98 - 09:00 PM
Thread Name: Intellectual property
Subject: RE: Intellectual property
I agree with much of the sentiment on both sides of this issue. It just seems to me that some people are trying to have it both ways. Some want copyright protection if their song becomes a moneymaker, but until then, it's free for all. Please check with experts and make a decision and go with it. If you want your song available to all for free, then it's also free to Michael Jackson should he decide to record it. (He could even copyright it for himself if he chooses). Our system is not fair to everyone, but short of establishing a nationwide non-profit (which BMI and ASCAP say they are!) to watch over the rights of intellectual property holders, we can't have it both ways. What you can do, of course, is decline to collect your own royalties, but if you've contracted with BMI to watch out for you, they'll collect theirs. I can only add that in three decades of playing in public, I've never been busted once.

Chet W.