The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #166031   Message #3989113
Posted By: punkfolkrocker
25-Apr-19 - 12:15 AM
Thread Name: Making folk club recordings available
Subject: RE: Making folk club recordings available
Though in this thread we are primarily talking about amateur recordists
sharing their archive recordings of mostly amateur and semi pro local performers,
before the tapes are lost or destroyed forever...

It is unhelpful to try to make the situation more complex and legalistic than necessary...

Our culture widely accepts a tradition of informal non profit sharing of non commercial music.
This is long established over many decades and rarely of any harm to artists or their estate.
There are even big name artists who actually condone and encourage amateur taping of their concerts.

However, it seems a minority of old folkies are unaware of this 'underground' music sharing tradition
and are perhaps a little overcautious, perhaps even paranoid,
regarding the consequences of making 'lost' music freely available to their friendly community of folk music enthusiasts...

I feel I am stating something so obvious, as so many here will understand and readily accept all this.
But if some folks are really worried, the rest of us need to positively reassure them...
Sharing old amateur recordings is ok, it's no big problem...
Whatever was said or agreed decades ago while you set up a microphone,
folks can and do change their minds over time.
Sharing the music is ultimately a very good thing, not a sin...