The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104319 Message #2138750
Posted By: GUEST,Jim Carroll
02-Sep-07 - 04:28 AM
Thread Name: Copyright warning - bloggers!
Subject: RE: Copyright warning - bloggers!
I find myself much in agreement with much of what is being said, but not being particularly quick-witted (not this morning anyway) I would like time to give the points fuller thought.
I spent most of yesterday (until the early hours of this morning) at the funeral of collector extraordinairé Tom Munnelly who rescued in the region of twenty-two-thousand songs from extinction. In my thirty two year friendship with Tom I never once heard of him refusing a copy of one of his collected songs to anybody, and I have often witnessed his pleasure at hearing somebody sing one of them.
Similarly, twenty-odd years of my life were spent listening to and working with the bogey-man of the revival, Ewan MacColl, who adopted more-or-less the same attitude to songs he had collected or researched. Ewan and Peggy had a filing cabinet draw of (multiple) copies of songs they felt were important enough to circulate (often with Peggy's musical transcription): these were for any visiting singer who might be interested.
This generosity extended to their self-penned songs.
At one time somebody published a collection of political songs and included several of theirs, without either their knowledge or permission. I asked them if they minded. Ewan's reply was, "It would have been nice to have been asked, but in the long run, they were written to be heard, so what does it matter?"
In the meantime - A Modest Proposal.
How about a levy on every traditional song used on albums of revival singers; this money then being used to archive, index and make available all the various collections gathering dust on peoples shelves (or in some cases, in their attics), via such bodies as The National Sound Archive (London), or The Irish Traditional Music Archive (Dublin).