Wednesday, October 08, 2003

CopyStupid

Another example of a company not knowing their own best interests.

My wife is leading a sight-reading session at the AOSA National Conference. Music teachers come and play through the music she has selected. They get a feel for the difficulty and the sound. Then they can decide if they want to use it in their music programs. Since this is a national conference, those attending will often go back and share at local and regional meetings things that struck their fancy. This is great publicity for the music presented.

She asked Schott Music for permission to use their materials, they replied OK but:

  • No more than 50 copies may be made.
  • Copies must be collected and shredded at the end of the session.
  • She must pay $50.00 for the right to present their materials.
Are they insane? She is not being paid for presenting. Actually, we have quite a few out of pocket expenses for presenting. Moreover, they are getting better advertising then they could get by shelling out large sums of cash. My feeling is tell them their materials will not be used, those of other publishers will be substituted. Other publishers who can see their own interests. Maybe she should have asked the advertising dept. rather than the rights folks.

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