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Post #161

I liked the one with the owl.


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Post #162

QUOTE(Rick McDaniel @ Jan 8 2011, 12:06 PM) *
Here's a couple things you might not be aware of.

1. Copyright infringements go to federal courts. A copyright attorney starts at 12 grand, to take on a case. You must not only prove that infringement took place, but that you were materially damaged, by that infringement, and for how much value.

2. Most infringements are for small value amounts.

3. Getting any compensation, realisticaly, from a typical infringement, will cost you more than the attorney fees.

4. If you do not register your copyrights, you cannot collect attorney fees, in addition to the damages, even if you win your case.

5. Registering can be simple or not, depending on who you are, and what you have to register. (Registering thousands of images per year, is NOT a simple task.)

When you read the law, it sounds good. When you are infringed, and you find out what the actual details involve, it is a different story.

You're right, it's like finding out your identity has been stolen. It's horrible. I've been there and had to deal with it personally in both the music & film industries from people that I had worked with and trusted. Fortunately, cases requiring a $12,000 attorney will hopefully remain worst case scenarios. The last time I had to a hire a music industry attorney, it cost me only $280.00 for him to write a cease & desist letter plus the cost of a certified letter w/return receipt. One of my well known children's educational phonics songs had been FULLY plagiarized in another state, both the music & vocals, re-recorded to CD and SOLD by another musician at the hire of an old partner. She meant well, and just wanted the song to get out there, but I wrote, composed, played & produced it and it featured my voice. My attorney's letter included the demand that the musician cease and desist & buy back every CD that he had already sold or he would be taken to court for copyright infringement. That $280 potentially saved me tens of thousands in later damages had I not confronted my old partner early on, while the threat of legal action was still enough. In another situation, the simple signing of a 1 cent piece of printer paper in a studio session made it possible for me to keep my name as co-composer on a made-for-television song that I did 90% of the work on. The song never reached the air, but if it ever does, I win. Had I not been adamant about both of our signatures on a piece of scrap paper, I would have lost all my work.

You have to treat the publishing game a bit like walking to your car at night. You do whatever you can to not make yourself look like a target. You be the squeaky wheel and you'll get your oil. Other than that, that's all part of the game. Anyone in any business, from musician to fly-rod designer can be plagiarized, frivolously sued, and stolen from by the public & even it's own employees, friends & family. And you're right about registering 1000's of images! That does not sound like a fun evening. You sound like you have been in the business. I appreciate your additional info.


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Post #163

Can someone direct me to where the songs are located?
Thanks


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QUOTE(Tooter @ Apr 12 2015, 01:41 PM) *
Can someone direct me to where the songs are located?
Thanks


Sorry, Tooter. The songs are no longer posted. The contest was five years ago and eventually the tracks were removed from the music section.


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