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mactheknife
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Re: is no $gain use of music in public a violation
« Reply #5 on: Nov 28th, 2007, 8:04am »
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I was going by his description that he DJ'ed and karaoke'd "in public," "in our local downtown area during public festivals."  I figure a BMI rep wouldn't get into a private party of his, lol.
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Re: is no $gain use of music in public a violation
« Reply #6 on: Nov 28th, 2007, 10:12am »
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on Nov 26th, 2007, 3:33pm, Fred wrote:
But given that there's a specific exception for performances at private charity functions of groups like the VFW, you'd think there'd be an exception for just performing music out of the goodness of your heart for anyone to hear.  But there isn't.  
 
Write your Congressman.

What odd logic.  Don't most people who illegally distribute copyrighted content via torrents and other parts of the interwebs do this out of the goodness of their hearts?  So that's okay?
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Re: is no $gain use of music in public a violation
« Reply #7 on: Nov 29th, 2007, 10:10pm »
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Not odd logic at all.  There's a big difference between distributing a copy of something to bittorrent and personally performing something somewhere.   Particularly if it actually involves playing an instrument, singing a song, or even "scratching" records (which I what I assume the original poster was doing).
 
Why should there be an exception for VFW fundraisers?  Why should there be an exception for performances that are part of a religious ceremony?  If there are exceptions for those, then why, logically, can't this guy perform for free in a park?
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Re: is no $gain use of music in public a violation
« Reply #8 on: Nov 29th, 2007, 10:14pm »
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on Nov 28th, 2007, 8:04am, mactheknife wrote:
I was going by his description that he DJ'ed and karaoke'd "in public," "in our local downtown area during public festivals." I figure a BMI rep wouldn't get into a private party of his, lol.

 
They could easily crash the party if he holds it in a park picnic area or something like that.  (I'm thinking of those picnic areas like the ones people reserve to have family reunions.)
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