Permission to Video
Date: August 22, 2014
In a nutshell here's my situation: I've just completed a sizable piece for chorus and piano, and it's based on a set of very clever sci-fi poems. In order to use the text I first received a contract and permission from a very small mom-and-pop republishing firm which owns the rights. I have approached them now about a) making a video of the composition to be used as a tool for advertising the piece and for possible distribution within the musical and the scientific community, and b) eventually assigning the rights to my work to someone else once I am deceased. (I'm 70 and not in good health, which makes one think about such things!) Now, it looks to me as if my contract more or less addresses both issues, but, though I seem to have an amicable relationship with this small company, they have become goosy now that I have raised performance rights questions. I'm not so much looking for a definitive answer from those who may read this message, as much as I am hoping for a referral to someone with legal expertise in the area of intellectual property and performance rights.
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