Rick Mabry responded to my post:
>Can you explain a bit more? For purposes of this list, for example,
>suppose I want listmembers hear a bit of a disk I own. How much can I
>post on a website making the link availaible to listmembers, say? How
>much of each track? How much of a CD? It isn't for making a sale (but
>see below), but for what I would call educational purposes.
I am not a copyright authority, but as I recall, one can make up to
10% of a "performable unit," of a recording available, for educational
purposes without paying copyright. That would be 10% of a movement...in
the case of a Mahler Symphony, quite a bit, a late work of Webern...only
>>Google does not own the copy, nor is it in immmediate need of preservation.
>>By letting people know a bit about a book, might it not make them want to
>>purchase the book...possibly so?
>Right. I'd think many record compainies would be happy to have you
>advertise for them via a slice of publically available music. Of course,
>Amazon and others do this, but I presume they have agreements. Or maybe
>not? They only provide small chunks, but that could be a space issue.
>I recall Naxos limiting their freebies to (I think) 25% of each track,
>but again, I don't know the real story.
Amazon, Tower, et al post "sound bites" from the discs I have issued on
my label. We have never negotiated anything with any vendor. However,
we are considering having our releases available for downloading, at a
reduced price. Obviously, that would involve some agreements.
Along those lines, I wonder how many on this list would see such downloading
an attractive notion.
>Anyway, there is occasionally something I'd like the list to hear and
>comment on. What are the parameters for legally doing that?
All I know about is the notion of educational use, and that 10% limitation.
While I am not an attorney, it would seem that what you propose might
apply here as well. However, if one were to post the first 10% one day,
and then the next 10% the next, etc. Well you get my drift.
This weekend I was working on a review of the new Schuman disc on Naxos.
I listened to all of the performances I had of those works. While it
would take some time, when it comes time to making a comparison between
one recording and another (and perhaps this is already done somewhere),
in the online environment, it would seem to be possible to provide musical
examples. As I was writing about the other recordings of the Schuman
4th Symphony, and pointed out some intonation problems in the Louisville
recording, it would be wonderful to have a point an click which would
take a reader to that particular passage on the Louisville recording.
Similarly, when I express my concern over the differences between tempi
in one recording and another, a short excerpt of both would help make
my point. It would seem that such a use would fall under that 10%
Seems to me like there would be some great potential there.