Re: Re: If old 78 RPM records are for sale....
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Posted by Duane on June 01, 2001 at 14:37:40:
In Reply to: Re: If old 78 RPM records are for sale.... posted by M. Arthur Auslander on February 15, 2001 at 14:15:41:
: : I have collected old records for a long time, and I'm considering selling them on my website. Do copyright laws allow me to let the prospective buyer to listen to a real audio recording of the record, prior to purchase? (without paying out to ASCAP etc.?)
: Dear Bill.
: I'd have to research the answer. There are a lot of factors. Remember Napster looks like its in real trouble.
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I think you will be disappointed in the extreme if you try selling those "old" records. Check E-bay for titles that you possess and you will see that not many are going for more than $2 each. I know. Been there. Records are heavy and fragile and shipping costs will add considerably to the cost of the purchase. These old vinyls (if you are thinking 78s) weigh like lead. And if they are LP's which were produced in the millions, or 45's which were likewise, they are not likely to produce many buyers. But then, I'm no expert on anything. Just went to an estate sale this morning and they had a stack of LP's a foot high and I didn't find even one that I would have bought for a $.
If you provide only a 15 or 30 second clip, I think you will have no problem. In the strict sense of the copywrite law, you may not make any copies at all, unless you are making them for your own use and for the use of no other. I have a copy of the Marty Fries book, The MP3 and Internet Audio Handbook and all of his discussions relate to making complete copies of an audio work. no problem I think. Napster experiene does not apply to you. You are selling your records, not selling copies and giving something away is definitely not your intent.
Since you suggest providing a "real audio recording", I presume you have the capability of creating a WAV file, so you can make it of any duration you choose. However, take it from me.... an audio clip in WAV generates a 25 Meg file for a 3 minute recording. Compress it to MP3 file and you will still have a 4 to 5 meg file. You might have another stategy in mind, but to me it seems like a lot of work for you to do. Besides, a 15-30 second clip doesn't really give someone much to judge from.
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