[Libs-Or] Library programs and music licensing

Jim Scheppke jim.b.scheppke at state.or.us
Thu Jul 23 08:39:04 PDT 2009

Colleagues: I have asked Emily Sheketoff, the head of the ALA Washington
Office, to look into this issue. She agreed and promised to get back to me.
I will let you know when I hear from her. --> Jim

Jim Scheppke, State Librarian
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
(fax) 503-585-8059
jim.b.scheppke at state.or.us

On 7/22/09 10:52 PM, "Diedre Conkling" <diedre08 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have heard about this happening frequently to various resturants that have
> groups that perform there.  ASCAP has been known for being really agressive
> about this.  I even know of some places that have completely closed because
> the threat of the law suits were too much for the owners to deal with.  It is
> very similar to what happens with the movie licenses that libraries carry so
> that they can show movies to audiences at the library.  It is not very
> surprising that they would also approach libraries that frequently have
> musical performances.
> This is a good article about music licensing: 
> http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/music-licensing3.htm .
> This one addresses some of the problems with the music licensing system: 
> http://www.woodpecker.com/writing/essays/royalty-politics.html .
> This is the kind of action I heard about at least 10 years ago when a popular
> resturant in Yachats closed because of the threats from ASCAP,
> http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003815486_royalty01.
> html .
> On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM, EVERETT Robert
> <reverett at ci.springfield.or.us> wrote:
>> Our City Attorney¹s office has been approached by a music licensing firm
>> (BMI) claiming that the Library (City) needs to pay a performance fee for any
>> musical programs offered by the Library.  Have any other libraries out there
>> dealt with this claim and, if so, how did you resolve it.  Thanks in advance
>> for any sage advice you have to offer.
>> Rob Everett
>> Springfield Public Library (541) 726-3756
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