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Re: [ARSCLIST] Cassette project
Sounds fascinating. I agree with your thoughts but the estate of Alec Duthart would own the rights to his performance and life story rights in the recording unless the producer also has a signed release from Duthart. I agree that the producer owns the recording but that recording may infringe the rights of Duthart's estate.
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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Frank Strauss
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2009 3:52 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Cassette project
Hello all-I attended a workshop this weekend at which someone played a cassette on a boom box that that they had made in the early 1980's. The cassette was a copy of the original, and sounded decent. The contents of the cassette include about 45 minutes of an informal conversation (along with some drumming examples done on a practice pad), with a man who changed the world of Celtic style drumming, named Alec Duthart. A few years after this session Alec was marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, had a massive heart attack and died. The information on the cassette is quite stunning for those of us interested in Celtic drumming, and begs to be preserved. I suggested to the man who made the recording that he guard the original with his life and don't play it or the dub again. Is there someone on this list who practices their craft in the great northeast (NY-New
England) who would tackle the job of preserving the information on this cassette? The man who made the cassette is now worried about delivering the cassette, and wishes to try to do it by hand. The question was also raised of ownership of the cassette contents. The man who made the recording also owns the cassette. The recording was informal. I suggested that the man who made the recording owns the rights to it, and should copyright it. Am I giving him good advice? Ping me off list, if you wish. Thanks.
Frank B Strauss, DMD