[Harp-L] Re: Mr Shoji's Jam Tracks
I agree with you in principal, but I may have misrepresented Mr.
Shoji's offerings. It was only my assumption that the reason he
retitled the songs was to avoid copyright restrictions. He may very
well be paying royalties to the heirs of the songwriters, I don't
know. A big difference in what you describe happening with the
unauthorized distribution of your tracks and these is that these are
different performances than the originals, played by Mr. Shoji
himself, somewhat like karaoke tracks. And I haven't listened to his
tracks side by side with the original recordings so I don't know how
close he is hewing to those. He does request on his site that his
tracks are for individual use only, not to be copied or distributed.
I'm very interested in your take on the ethics of purchasing them,
because as a harmonica student and enthusiast, I would love to have
some of these songs to play along with, without the harmonica parts!
On Aug 31, 2011, at 6:16 AM, Steve Baker wrote:
I'd never heard of these before Frank pointed them out out, but
they're all classic harp songs, minus the harp tracks. They've been
retitled, I think to avoid copyright restrictions, with titles like
Sonny Boy's "Buy Buy Bird", Little Walter's "Joke" and Slim Harpo's
"Got Laugh If You Want It".
They're $1.50 apiece and the sample sounds very good.
The purpose of what you refer to as "copyright restrictions" is to
ensure that the composers or their legal heirs get a royalty for
the use of their intellectual property. Here Mr Shoji (whoever he
may be) gets your money for ripping it off, by simply changing the
name of the song, while making it very obvious who the originator was.
I've experienced this with my own playalong tracks, which have
surfaced on a variety of online platforms with the titles changed
for this very reason, but those downloads were being offered for
free on file sharing sites and I was able to block most of them.
Here someone is stealing the work of great blues artists and
reselling it for personal gain. Do you really want to support this?
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