Just a thought
Today I was at conference with 2300 Catholic Musicians. It was beautiful listening to them sing with the beauty of angels.
The conference is from Sunday to Friday. There are many workshops and talks. One of the talks today was on copyrights and music. The presenter said that it is important to get a copyright before using music because this is how artists make a living.
Here is my thought to you artists out there. This might be a different approach that you might want to take. Don’t be so concerned about your copyright you ought to be happy that people want to use your material and the more they use it the more your name gets out there in the public forum.
In the days of Napster artists went after those who were stealing their music, but many of these big time artists discovered something interesting, in going after these people they were going after their best fans and their bottom line suffered. These are the people who most want your music so instead of punishing these people many artists decided to reward them by giving them the music and something interesting happened profits went up. Profits always go up when you reward your best fans. This was one of the secrets of lady Gaga, who I can honestly say I don’t know one of her songs, success.
One of the things that many artists realized is you want your name out there and if you are good people will be coming to you. So much of focus on copyright is about short term profit at the expense of long term profit. You might just have a clause that says, “if you use this material just credit the author that all.”
Also one last idea that many big time artists learned is when putting music out don’t charge a fee, if the person wants to pay they can for what they think the song is worth. Most artists have discovered that people are generally honest and will pay more than what you might have asked. Yes many will pay nothing but the song is getting out there and those who pay will cover their loses.
One of the reasons that many great ideas and products come out of certain places, such as silcon valley, is that companies there who compete with each other have found that it is in everyone best interests to do away with clauses in contracts that says things like, “if I go to another company I will not share trade secrets.” We now live in a world where if someone is coming out of college he will have at least seven different jobs in his lifetime. High Tech have learned that the more information that is in the public forum the more everyone is creative and better products are created. If this is becoming truer in the business world why would it best less true in the world of Church Music?
Just a idea for you artists out there who want to make a splash.