be it today, or yesterday, or whenever....your opinions and observations would be cool to read. I gots opinions too. Craig received this email after sending an inquiry about the initial U.S. Mail we both recieved on the same day, over three months ago. All of our stuff is copyrighted/registered with the library of congress...hence where they got our contact info. The letter asked for "rights" to one of our tunes. Found out they could record anyone's song, as long as they notified you.......WTF????Lots of questions about how this company, as well as prolly hundreds more are operating in the world of arts/entertainment. Its seems like there are so many things wrong and on so many different levels of the way music is absorbed/obtained.
Just recieved this from Craig minutes ago...
"I just got a response back from the people I sent an email to about someone wanting to cover our song."
From: "Licensing HFA" <Licensingdepartment@harryfox.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:37:27 PM
Subject: RE: 81141-1325 Notice of Intention to Obtain a Compulsory License for Making and Distributing Phonorecords
The documents that you are receiving are Notices of Intent (NOIs) to obtain a compulsory mechanical license. Certain music services have retained HFA to distribute NOIs on their behalf. These licenses are a result of Spotify's search of works registered with the copyright office. Compulsory mechanical license terms and conditions are governed by the U.S. Copyright Law. You can find more information on compulsory mechanical licenses and NOIs at https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ73.pdf
Once a song is first recorded and released anyone can then make a cover version as long as they notify the copyright owner and account royalties to them properly. You received such a notice. No further action is required but you would want to keep track if the recording is selling or being streamed on the service and follow up to see if you're getting paid if it is.
As a music publisher, we highly encourage you to sign up for an HFA Online Account and register your songs so they are licensed properly in the future. You can do that for free here http://www.harryfox.com/pubonlineaccount
We have cc’d the licensee for any further questions you may have.
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Sent: Monday, April 24, 2017 4:04 PM
To: Licensing HFA <Licensingdepartment@harryfox.com>
Subject: 81141-1325 Notice of Intention to Obtain a Compulsory License for Making and Distributing Phonorecords
Just received a letter in the mail with the title 81141-1325 Notice of Intention to Obtain a Compulsory License for Making and Distributing Phonorecords.
It has a signature of Licensee Stefan Blom.
What does this mean?
Craig CurrieIf you made it this far...PLEASE share your comments