Russian WWII Veterans Asked To Pay Up For Singing Old War Songs

from the putting-up-that-tollbooth-on-nostalgia dept

We’ve talked in the past about how the Russian Authors’ Society has made bands pay up to play their own songs, and now apparently it’s going after some Russian WWII veterans for getting together and singing old war songs. Patriotism and nostalgia, apparently, aren’t free. We’ve discussed this before, of course. The value in artistic works is often in the shared culture around them — but thanks to copyright, we’re putting up a big tollbooth on any attempt to further share those experiences. It’s a huge hindrance on actually spreading culture and seems to go against the very purpose of copyright law.

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mirradric says:

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You are wrong. That idea simply doesn’t makes sense.
How can it be royalties for every kill? This will give the gun manufacturers a bad name as they get associated with every kill. Not to mention that it’s actually underpaying them. They should get royalties for every time rounds are discharged. You know… kinda like getting paid for music played to horses…

Danny says:

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This will give the gun manufacturers a bad name as they get associated with every kill.

We’ve seen time and time again that developing a bad reputation is of no consequence to these agencies as long as they can continue to pay the government to protect them and their outdated ways.

I can imagine:
“When people decide not to fight and kill each other they are stealing from us. And not just us but think of the miners that dig up that ore. Ending war means stealing from them too!* The government must pass laws to ensure that peace does not become rampant or our way of life will be destroyed!!!”

* – A nod to the claims that movie piracy is endangering the livelihoods of corn farmers.

Anonymous Coward says:

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Your blathering is getting worse. What are you trying to say, exactly?

Because the drummer is still in the band that means that former band members collect royalties from music that they may have not even contributed too?

What a perfect system! I couldn’t see any reason for abuse at all.

Big Al says:

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No, what he’s saying is that if there is only one original member left, and the songs they are performing were penned by ex-members, then those ex-members, in the absence of any waiving of rights, are entitled to writer’s royalties for each performance.
To all intents and purposes, in that case, the current incarnation of Deep Purple is nothing more than a cover band.

Wesha says:

“Oscar Feltzman, the author of music for 9a few patriotic songs] is trying to find an explanation. He asks if maybe they (the veterans) charged a lot for admission to the concert? Not at all. The concert was absolutely free.

“If it was a community concert, then nobody owes anybody anything,” the composer says. “It’s that *we* owe the veterans a bow and deep sincere thanks for their lives [they put on line in the war]”.”

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