Saturday, October 01, 2011

Composers run into "copyright" issues with their own music; why is government skittish on warning public with photography crowd release signs?

A couple of older issues resurfaced yesterday in my “out-and-about” wanderings, as the denouement for 2011 approached.

One is the idea that composers, when they have their own works performed by a professional group in the music world, often have difficulty getting personal (CD or MP3) copies of performance of their own work.

The most recent two postings by composer Nico Muhly (Sept. 11 and Sept. 8, 2011) go into this problem, at this blog (link). Needless to say, it wouldn’t be kosher for a composer to post a performance of his own work on his own website under these circumstances.  This reminds me of a problem that used to exist with subsidy publishing (before the Internet and cheaper book manufacturing) when authors had trouble getting more copies of their own books or keeping them in print.

Composer Timo Andres also touched on this problem, referring to Nico’s post, recently, here

This sounds like an issue that the Electronic Frontier Foundation would follow up on.

Then, yesterday, as I was leaving the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Washington DC (Issues blog, Sept. 30), I noticed that DOE had posted a "photography & videotaping in progress" crowd release consent sign.  I wondered why DOE thought it needed to do this, because there is “no right to privacy” or avoid being photographed when in a public place on public property.  I’ve covered this point before .

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