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(Message started by: dax on May 8th, 2006, 9:30pm)

Title: Print Administrator’s Application of Copyright Law
Post by dax on May 8th, 2006, 9:30pm
I am fully aware that the copyright statutes clearly state that only the copyright owner or his agent can grant permission to produce a derivative arrangement of a composition under their control.  I’d like to present the following scenario/question to the legal minds in this forum.  

Hypothetical Scenario:
Your daughter is getting married.  You hire a 12 piece band. Then you hire an arranger to prepare a very special arrangement of “Daddy’s Little Girl” for the band, so you can sing the song in your key to your daughter on her wedding day.   According to the statutes, this usage requires a permission to arrange license.  What if the administrator of the print rights simply denies a license for this usage.  Although the print administrator has the legal right to deny the usage, wouldn’t such an action by the print admin be unreasonable?  

Based on my research, on a daily basis, in every major city, numerous singers and  musicians commission music arrangers to prepare  arrangements of  standards.  Based on my research in Las Vegas and Los Angeles,  I discovered that arrangers do not submit permission to arrange requests to the appropriate administrator of the print rights.  

Questions:  Is there some provision in the statutes that does not require an arranger to obtain a license to create an arrangement?  If there is no provision to allow this deviation, can anyone explain the accepted licensing procedure, if any?   Does the administrator of print rights have any (written or unwritten) obligation to the public?

Thanks,
Dax

Title: Re: Print Administrator’s Application of Copyright
Post by Wolfcastle on May 9th, 2006, 8:31am
Are you sure that the arrangers don't have licenses with copyright collectives?



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