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Postby FatFrogSound » Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:30 pm

Has anyone made Demo CDs and sent them out to schools, business, radio stations etc--whatever area you are targeting?

I would love to get in to doing Wine tastings, art shows etc. (Jazz mostly) so I thought I would make a demo CD with a 'montage' or medley of songs mixed along with me doing the narrating\commentary.
Send them out to anyone I thought might be interested.

Lame? or cool idea?

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Re: Demo CDs

Postby davidjones@a2zmobilemusic » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:06 am

Julie, rather than making a cd to give them. maybe think about sending the cd with some promo material. if you are targeting that marget make sure your materials reflect that market. follow up with a meeting or phone call afterwards.
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Postby Karl Langford » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:16 am

If you are putting music on a CD and giving it away, isn't it illegal?

And I would think that since you are doing it to try to make money it most definitly would be.

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Re: Demo CDs

Postby davidjones@a2zmobilemusic » Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:21 am

:? of course no one would wanna make a cd of various artist without first being sure the artist are fairly compensated :wink:
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Postby TheBartman47 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:11 pm

If it's just a few seconds of samples from various songs, then no, it is not illegal. If you are putting the whole songs on there, or a major portion of the songs, then yes, that IS illegal. If I remember correctly, you can legally use up to 10% of the song without violating copy rights. So, if you have a 4 minute song, you could do a 24 second sample and still be legal.
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Postby CJ Greiner » Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:46 pm

Hmmm... but even that 10% thing has stipulations.

Are you using the sample in order to sell the artist's music? -- Okay!

Are you using their sample in order to promote your own income? -- better think again!

The only truly legal way to promote your own business, is with your own promotional materials. If you use even a teeny tiny bit of someone else's copyrighted material, you need to have permission -- which usually requires compensation.
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Re: Demo CDs

Postby davidjones@a2zmobilemusic » Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:03 pm

how about humming a few bars into a mic......lol :lol:
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Postby CJ Greiner » Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:11 pm

:hahaha:

... yep! (That's why venues pay ASCAP/BMI) :idea:
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