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  • How is that abuse?

    • by jdavidb (1361) on 2005.01.27 13:16 (#37841) Homepage Journal

      It's a new encroachment on an area that has traditionally been considered to be out of bounds, even if perhaps it was not so legally. Watch old episodes of "Happy Days"; do you think the kids playing songs in Al's burger hangout had to contact somebody to ask permission?

      I'll admit they have the legal right to do this, but since traditionally this kind of thing has been allowed, it is an encroachment and I consider it to be abuse. I don't consider them to have a moral right to do this.

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      • Watch old episodes of "Happy Days"; do you think the kids playing songs in Al's burger hangout had to contact somebody to ask permission?

        Do you mean the songs on the jukebox? No, they didn't have to ask permission for each song. That's the purpose of clearinghouses such as ASCAP and BMI and (apparently) the Jukebox License Office [jukeboxlicense.com].

        The JLO history page suggests that this licensing started in 1978, not soon enough to catch Happy Days in its timeline but soon enough to cover the show (which being televi

        • Do you mean the songs on the jukebox?

          No, not the jukebox, but the live band present in some episodes, often made up of Richie and his friends.

          When a bunch of kids get together and form a band, and actually get the privilege of performing in public, I think it's wrong to expect them to pay license fees and equate them with "thieves."

          I am certain that the Happy Days show paid appropriate licensing fees or at least had licensing agreements. I am talking about real people doing what was depicted on the

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