Could you imagine record companies litigating the use of their expired artists old materials which only collectors and archivists listen to, who perhaps account for less than 3000 record or CD sales a decade. The artists are tickled pink when someone gives them a little recognition on the web and exchange sites and share ware through new media like MP3 and Morpheus. No one is going to litigate for even the filing fees much less the attorneys who charge up to $1000 an hour to hassle over a buck or two. If the materials were worth the while then the majors come to the plate and spend multimillions to promote artists who have the chance of success, otherwise forget about it. My engineer in France Tony Arnold will upload a DVD on the www.cafeau-go-go.com
website as well as material on Riny's www.fredneil.com
for a select few of us to enjoy and expand the potential of the living memory of the 60's and perpetuate the music of giant artists like FRED NEIL, Butterfield, Muddy, B.B.,Richie, Odetta, Tim Hardin, and others that I was fortunate enough to film and record in the early 60's. Your Bitter End material is of the same genre and I dont imagine Paul Colby or Fred Weintraub doing anything other than applaud you for your efforts to expand their horizons. No one would object anymore in that they get more from our efforts than they do from their record companies and publishers. Go For It and be Happy and I will personally defend your rights to do so.
Edited 2/18/02 9:15:54 PM ET by solomoney