From: MSN Nicknametoosmall59 (Original Message) Sent: 20/10/2008 10:01 Can I ask everyone including myself to help each and everyone of us by posting the source of any backing tracks used when we post a song by whatever means.
I should add I am not promoting the idea of passing 'paid-for' tracks to be handed around as I and I am sure all of don't mind paying because we know how good and worthwhile the tracks are.
If you have recorded your own tracks then it is a chance to make a few bob selling these mostly excellent tracks to members.
Kevin, There could be a problem with selling home made backing tracks. As long as they are for use only by the original arranger (the person who made the backing track) there is unlikely to be a problem, although from a legal point of view it could be a problem even then. But when money changes hand, it immediately becomes a legal issue because MCPS should be paid a percentage. I believe, however, that for less than 250 copies, it can be done without a charge. I would advise anyone who is thinking about making money by selling backing tracks to at least look into it by referring to MCPS. I have assumed that MCPS deals with this worldwide but I may be wrong. It does apply in the UK. Some backing tracks have been made by removing the centre of a stereo track of an original recording. MCPS would not be involved then and I am not sure who would be. I think it is more than likely that permission would not be given. All I am doing at the moment is pointing out the basic ideas to avoid advising someone wrongly, who could then end up in trouble. Regards, Charlie
Fine by me Charlie, but Ron was the originator of the thread. I just moved it across. As a point of interest, if you are the original composer of the backing track, as one or two are, then surely, if they wish to grant licence to other musicians, then they can do so. I agree that commercial tracks should not be sold except by the licence holders. Also you are quite correct in that where original records have been "ripped" of the solo, the backing still remains the property of the original composer/record company, whoever owns the copyright. I think that the main gist of Ron's thread is that where we come across a B/T (perhaps a little known track), it would be nice to point those interested in the right direction of the source.
I suppose with songs like"Move it" being released back in 1958 and many others fast approaching the 50 years copyright period, it wont be long before we can publish/sell without any fear, unless certain people in the music biz don't use their money & influence to change it as some are trying to do.