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Thread #101866   Message #2071436
Posted By: WFDU - Ron Olesko
08-Jun-07 - 10:35 AM
Thread Name: master tapes [re:Phoebus/Bulmer !!!?]
Subject: RE: master tapes [re:Phoebus/Bulmer !!!?]
I imagine the market here in the U.S. would be minimal, probably similar to the UK in most cases, but it would be nice for an artist to have their own recordings to sell from their website or at concerts.

Many of the artists are still performing, or it could help their families - or even other artists. My understanding of the Folkways situation is that Moses Asch made "agreements" with the original artists and he owned the rights.   When the material was transferred to the Smithsonian, the rights also transferred. I could be wrong, and if someone could correct me please do, but I don't think they are paying royalities unless specified in contracts. I do know of one artist who has an LP on Folkways and she is making (illegally it seems) copies of her own recording to sell at her shows. She was not a "name" performer, so my guess is that the Smithsonian Folkways sales are minimal at best - I believe they only release this particular recording as a CD-R.

That is interesting to hear that the artists would have rights to royalites from CM recordings. As you point out, that appears to be different from the situations that I mentioned. Honestly, I had not heard that - or misread it if it was mentioned in one of the other threads. Does that pose a "legal loophole" that could be pursued?