I AM Greg Brooks. Can I have a go????
I'll give this my best shot. It's 3.56 a.m. but I can't sleep. So.....
When a fan records a concert - directly-, is it his right to share it with other people,
YOU ARE ALLOWED TO PLAY YOUR CDS OF QUEEN, U2, BEATLES, ETC, TO YOUR FRIENDS, PRIVATELY. TO PLAY IT PUBLICLY, AT A FESTIVAL OR FOR A GATHERING OF PEOPLE IN A HALL OR PARK, ETC, YOU WOULD NEED A LICENSE. PUBLIC BROADCAST WOULD INCUR SOME COST.
IF A FAN RECORDS A CONCERT AT THE CONCERT, THIS IS AN ILLEGAL RECORDING. OBVIOUSLY ANY RECORDINGS THE FAN THEN GIVES AWAY OR SELLS OR COPIE, ARE ALL ILLEGAL TOO.
IF YOU RECORD A QUEEN LIVE ALBUM FOR YOUR MATE, THIS IS ILLEGAL TOO, BECAUSE OF COURSE THIS MEANS HE WILL NOT BUY THE CASSETTE OR LP AND THE ARTIST AND RECORD COMPANY LOSE OUT. THIS IS WHY MODERN CD'S HAVE SOFTWARE PREVENTING THIS KIND OF ILLEGAL COPYING... EVEN THOUGH IT IS EASY TO GET AROUND!!!!
YOU CAN RECORD TAPES AND CDS FOR YOUR OWN USE ONLY - NOT LEAST BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE PURCHASED THE LP FIRST.
or does he have to ask the Queen Production?
Are the playing artists the owners of their music, everytime?
IF YOU FIND A RARE LIVE RECORDING ON A TAPE, AT A BOOT FAIR FOR EXAMPLE, THAT TAPE BELONGS TO YOU. IT IS YOUR TAPE. BUT THE PERFORMANCE, THE MUSIC, BELONGS TO THE ARTIST, SO YOU CAN DO NOTHING WITH IT. YOU CANNOT MAKE YOUR OWN ALBUM AND FEATURE IT BECAUSE YOU DON'T OWN THOSE RIGHTS. THIS HAPPENS WITH US FROM TIME TO TIME. WE SOMETIMES BUY SOMEBODY'S RARE QUEEN TAPE, BECAUSE QPL OWN THE BROADCAST RIGHT, BUT THAT PERSON HAS THE ONLY RECORDING WE KNOW OF. SO WE WOULD BUY THE TAPE, OR INSTEAD PAY A PRICE TO COPY IT. QPL AND EMI WOULD THEN PERHAPS PUT IT OUT AS A PRODUCT... BUT THE PERSON WHO FIRST FOUND THE TAPE, CANNOT DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT.
for example,the music that they play live, is it owned by them or can it be "owned" by everybody which was listening them, directly?
THE MUSIC IS CREATED BY QUEEN, THEY OWN IT, AND THE RIGHTS TO THE SONGS, AND THE RECORDS THEY MAKE. NO PERSON IN THE AUDIENCE HAS ANY RIGHT AT ALL TO RECORD THE SOUND OR VIDEO THE ACTION. SUCH RECORDING IS ILLEGAL.
WHEN QUEEN EMPLOY A COMPANY TO FILM THEIR CONCERT, OR RECORD THE AUDIO, THAT COMPANY DOES NOT OWN THE RIGHTS, QUEEN DOES. THE COMPANY ONLY OWN THE ACTUALL TAPES AND BOXES. THEY CAN DO NOTHING WITH THEM.
A concrete example. Imagine I would have been able to listen to Queen + Paul Rodgers, live, inBelgium, ANtwerp, May 2005. Am I able legally to record the concert?
NO. YOU ARE NOT. IT IS/WAS ILLEGAL FOR YOU TO RECORD THEIR SHOW. EXACTLY AS IT IS ILLEGAL FOR YOU TO SIT WITH YOUR CAMCORDER AND SECRETLY RECORD THE LATEST JAMES BOND FILM AS SOON AS IT APPEARS IN THE CINEMA. YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS TO DO THAT. YOU ARE 'STEALING' PEOPLES WORK IN THAT CASE.
Or is every concert in the possession of the artist? Because, eventually, music if always something which becomes offered to the listening people when it becomes produced?
QUEEN/EMI OWNS THEIR MUSIC, AND THE RIGHTS TO RE-CREATE IT, USE IT, COVER IT. ANY USAGE HAS TO BE LICENSED.
IF YOU WANT TO RECORD A COVER OF 'DON'T STOP ME NOW', YOU CAN, NO PROBLEM. BUT IF YOU WANT TO RELEASE IT AS A CD YOU WOULD NEED PERMISSION. IF QUEEN REJECTS IT, YOU HAVE WASTED YOUR TIME AND MONEY.
IMAGINE IF YOU WROTE A GREAT SONG, GREAT ALBUM, OR MADE A GREAT FILM, AND SPENT MUCH TIME AND MONEY DOING IT, THEN SOME HUY IN ENGLAND STARTED SELLING ILLEGAL COPIES OF YOUR WORK TO MAKE HIM RICH... WHILE YOU DID NOT GET A PENNY. YOU WOULD BE ANGRY.
When it gets recorded in the studio, the artists are the owners of their music, I'm sure. But when the music becomes produced live, and has not yet been recorded by the band and their team, does the fans have the right to record for them, and if they want,
NO. IT IS ILLEGAL.
for other people? Are ALL those "bootlegs", as it is called, PIRATING, or are some of them, or are any of them?
YES. COPYIN QUEEN MUSIC ONTO C