Who owns the music?
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we're waiting to change the laws, which may take a lifetime,"
Seeger says, "it's equally important to change the sensibilities
of people using this music so that they recognize the rights of
the original performers."
envisions a "new awareness" of the issues of musical ownership.
need to realize that you don't just take music off of an old recording
without finding out who owned it," Seeger says. "To do
so, you are making off with a product of their creative spirit.
By law and by moral right they should have a say in what is being
done with it."
harkens back to the Suya.
I went down to Brazil this past summer, they were concerned about
their music being heard by everybody. They said, 'We don't mind
people learning about us
but what are they going to do for
us?' I think," says Seeger, "that it's a reasonable question
for them to ask."