By Stanley Rothenberg
There were many amazing descriptions of tune yet possibly the most apt from the point of view of legislation and trade was once Ian Hay's assertion, "Music is ready the main weak piece of estate guy can convey into the realm, specially this day. " With the elevated use of tune led to by way of technological advances, akin to radio, sound movies and tele imaginative and prescient, and the concomitant reduce within the sale of sheet tune and phonograph documents, the necessity for writers and publishers of tune to proportion within the profit from public performances turned pressing. With this urgency the author's rights within the public according to formance of his song grew to become the topic of a lot literature and litigation which keeps to today. the aim of this ebook is to provide a transparent photograph of this a lot written and litigated approximately topic: the au'thor's correct within the public functionality of his track. so that it will do that we needs to point out not just the character of the precise but in addition the way it is exer cised for it may be glaring that with performances occurring through the international and in a large number of the way, the workout of the appropriate by way of somebody writer or writer could current insurmountable problems.
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105. 46 PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC IN THE UNITED STATES Inc. affiliate, Harvard Music. " 42 Secondly, the writer contract with BMI provides in section 7b that if he signs publishing agreements with regard to more than one work which has not yet been composed, then BMI has the option to exclude such works from the royalty provisions of the contract or to terminate the contract immediately. The purpose of section 7b, according to BMI, is to give all their affiliated publishers a chance to bid for the works of BMI writers.
Thus a nonprofit public performance of music does not invade a right of the copyright owner. If, however, the work is of a dramatico-musical nature then the author is protected under clause 1 (d): "To perform or represent the copyrighted work publicly if it be a drama," and is not limited to performances for profit. The reason for the distinction is found in section 5 (see page 6) which classifies dramatic and dramatico-musical compositions together. 1 Juke box exception. The 1909 Act, in addition to adding the profit requirement, further circumscribed the public performing right in music by a subsequent paragraph in the same subsection: "The reproduction or rendition of a musical composition by or upon coin-operated machines shall not be deemed a public 1 Herbert v.
A typical grant of music performing rights to BMI, from the writer of popular music, is for two years with options for five one year renewals. It is an exclusive assignment, which means that only BMI can give permission to perform the work. Although the N. Y. Times, March 9, 1941, p. 7• .. In fact, BMI was the object of a federal antitrust suit in 1941 and entered into a consent decree May 14,1941. S. v. D. ), see Appendix. The decree, however, does not appear to have had any major effect on BMI.
Copyright and Public Performance of Music by Stanley Rothenberg