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Thread #7233   Message #44658
Posted By: T in Oklahoma
09-Nov-98 - 01:54 PM
Thread Name: Smalltime Copyright Rules ?
Subject: RE: Smalltime Copyright Rules ?
Mick: here are my thoughts on your question.

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, nothing in this post is legal advice,nothing in this post establishes a lawyer-client relationship.

As I understand how the system works, if the songs are under copyright, you need to get amechanical license to record them. Being a small-time outfit doesn't matter. Mechanical licences are often sold through the Harry Fox Agency.

If the songs are entirely in the public domain, you don't need anyone's permission.

A good reference book on copyright issues is Krasilovsky and Shemel, "This Business of Music", 7th Edition.