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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    Big Al, 30 Mar 2010 @ 10:24pm

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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.

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