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  1. Of course I love your timeline! Very interesting that the 1790 copyright laws excluded music. In your research did you find anything about making copies and the rules for music with orchestras? This might fall under fair use. I am learning about music and all the rules that go along with it and copyright laws.

    1. Hi Maureen! Thanks for reading my timeline. The sources I used focused mostly on copyright issues for recording artists and not as much for orchestra. However, I do believe that fair use covers much of what orchestras use. I think one of the reasons is because so much of the “standard” orchestral repertoire is now in public domain because it was written so long ago. I look forward to finding out more in the fair use assignment!

  2. Liz,
    Wow that is awesome! You covered a tone of history in a way that was super approvable and adapted the assignment to fit your interests. I really enjoyed looking through it. You went much more in depth than I did as far as events and the timeline read like a story. I don’t have any notes, yours taught me something!

    1. Hi Sam! Thanks. I definitely left out many changes to law in the timeline, there were just so many! I wanted to create a simplified version since the whole copyright thing has always befuddled me. πŸ™‚

  3. Would do you think of music-streaming sites like Google Play Music, Spotify, Apple Music, and so forth? Instead of purchasing music single by single or album by album, users pay a monthly fee to stream music. Will creators of music still be motivated enough to make music still?

    1. Hi Abdulallah,
      music-streaming sites have definitely changed the game! I think people will always be motivated to make music. But….I did read somewhere that now musicians rely much more on touring and performing for making money, instead of making money from cd sales. I used to gig a lot more but phased that out as I got more into studying classical music; also, after I had kids, playing at bars late into the night wasn’t the lifestyle I wanted. So, in a sense, I think that because the music industry changed, it had some effect on me deciding I could not be a career singer-songwriter. IF it might have been possible for me to make an income primarily by writing new songs and recording them maybe my life and the lives of other musicians would have gone differently. It’s hard to say. I do admire those who are out there on the road touring for most of the year, but I also like the lifestyle I’ve chosen of sleeping in my own bed every night and being there to tuck my kids in.

  4. Hi Liz,

    Great post! I really learned a lot about copyright in relation to music. I think you did a great job presenting the information. I just had a few questions. How do you feel about the most recent copyright laws in relation to music? Do you think that it is unfair that the producers receive a percentage of the royalties?

    1. Hi Nina,
      I think that being a musician today is quite different than 50 years ago! At least to earn a living by it. Although one article I read said that in order to make a living from music, (most) musicians have always had to do a combination of performing, teaching, and publishing.
      I think it is acceptable for the producer to receive a percentage of royalties, because a producer helps the music achieve its sound. Some producers do a lot, others a little. For example, when I recorded my cd, I wanted to write all the string parts and drum parts myself and find players. Admittedly the orchestration was sparse, but I wanted to do it myself and I knew how I wanted it to sound – I didn’t want someone else deciding that for me. For other music, especially a lot of the rap and pop that is being made, it is heavily produced. To put it plainly, there are a lot of “sounds” in the pop and rap songs I hear on the radio! I would bet that many artists come in with a “bare-bones” idea for a song, and the producer really has to flesh it out and arrange a fair amount of the song and even compose accompaniments. I’m linking to my cd here. https://www.reverbnation.com/lizmalys

    1. Hi Abdulallah, I think the DMCA was necessary because of the changing format of things that are being copyrighted. However, formats are still continuously changing, and since the DMCA was written in β€˜98 it’s probably time for a revision.

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