In the fourth installment of the Monday Survey, I asked if you this question regarding the fact that royalties are not paid to bands competing in the World Pipe Band Championship:
Are the rights of performers and composers being violated by these recordings?
Of the three responses, the general consensus was no, their rights are not being violated.
Dan pointed out that games usually lose money on competitions, and selling the recordings is one way to help recoup the costs. He said, “…if bands or soloists want to try to make money from their work, there are better ways to do it than entering competitions.” Very true!
Vince made a similar comment about finances, and also added this, which I like very much: “Should cyclists at the Tour de France be compensated for their “performance” in that competition?”
Adam agreed with Vince, and also asked if “we paying royalties to composers who created the tunes you compete with, every time you play them?”
I like the analogy of the Tour de France or Olympic Games: do the athletes enter expecting to get royalties from their televised performances? Of course now. It’s about the competition, not the compensation, and that’s how I feel the pipe band world should stay.