Re: J.D. Read's "A Friend of Mine is Going Blind"
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Both of John Dawson Read's Chrysalis albums from the mid-70's, this one and "Read On", have never been issued on compact disc commercially anywhere in the world, to the best of my knowledge. He has also seemed to have completely disappeared from the music business altogether. (He's probably selling shoes or programming computers or something like that at this point.) A friend of mine who is NOT going blind but is going out of business selling mostly vinyl in Rockville, MD (Yesterday & Today Records, owned by Skip Groff), had a sealed copy of AFOMIGB in his inventory, and I am planning, as soon as I have some time, to transfer it to a cd-r for easier listening. Even though it's out of print, the copyright laws still apply, meaning I cannot commercially reproduce it for profit. On the other hand, if someone wants a copy and simply wants to reimburse me for expenses, I'm not sure what is illegal there. Perhaps I won't quote a figure at all, and just take my chances with anyone who would like one.
This is a rather touchy subject in this day and age of post-Napster and downloads, but the truth of the matter is there is a lot of good music out there that is simply impossible to get through normal channels that is still in demand. Remember Brewer & Shipley? "One Toke Over The Line"? Their entire catalogue, with the exception of a "Best Of" release of 13 months ago, as well as a couple more current self-produced compact discs, is completely out of print, and there are people who are exchanging cd-r's taken from clean vinyl of their material, just to have it. I'm sure this is going on with other artists' music as well, and, as a former field representative of ASCAP, I can tell you it is a sticky situation. I guess the question becomes: Do you obey the laws or do you bend them without the intention of breaking them, and, if so, at what point are they broken?
I am open to discussion on this issue, and would love to have a lawyer's perspective on it.
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