I felt compelled to write a letter about it after reading many of the readers comments hoping that " the copyright issue could be put aside so that people could hear the music " . I also hoped reading that someday Australian people will develop a similar attitude to our own jazz history . There must be hours of unheard recordings of deceased Australian musicians like Roger Frampton , Frank Smith , Joe Lane etc that are an invaluable part of our culture .
Here's the letter :
I am a 41 year old jazz musician , record label owner and composer . I sensed a general tone among the comments left by your readers best surmised by this comment : "I am so pleased to read my fellow music lovers comments. In particular regarding the legal issues which should not hamper the process of these rare recordings reaching the ears of the public." In the age of youtube , google etc , streaming mp3 sites like rhapsody I have sadly watched copyright owners rights to compensation from royalties "watered down" . Perhaps the proceeds from the distribution of these historic recordings can be used to set up an amendment to laws to better protect the rights of musicians ( and filmakers etc ) still fortunate to be alive today . I believe it is what Goodman, Basie , Hawkins et al would have wanted . Yours Sincerely Sean Wayland "