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JWB Is this copyright infringement? (70* d) RE: Is this copyright infringement? 10 Feb 09

I appreciate your kind words on the recording -- many thanks for the feedback.

To thicken the plot slightly, I'll let you know that the phonographic copyright, as well as the grand, synchronization and other rights, are owned by the recording company that released the CD. I haven't contacted them yet. They would be the ones to pursue legal redress, I reckon.

I am looking out for publicity and filty lucre. The word "nasty" has been used a couple of times in this thread to describe the BNP, and that makes me very uneasy: I do not want to provide aid and comfort to racists and fascists. But I do want folks to buy the CD. Is it likely that an English lover of traditional music, who'd never heard of my recording before, would decide not to buy it because they first heard it in a YouTube post by a BNP member?

This ethical issue crops up: these are ancient songs, in the public domain, and who am I to say a member of the BNP can't enjoy them and promote them? Of course, it is a bit creepy thinking of British skinheads listening to my voice as they contemplate hate crimes...
The songs are certainly patriotic, albeit from another era, and I can see how the "make the Frenchie's decks run with purple gore" kind of sentiment would appeal to a 20-something contemporary British nationalist.

Speak, oh ye sages of Mudcat!


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