BUT, in their eyes, it is criminal.
In their eyes humming a tune in the park is criminal.
Pretty much. They've gone after cover bands playing local bar venues. And I'm not talking full out tribute bands either. Just people covering a general mix songs.
Someone with big concern about this is the jazz performance world where improvisation is the name of the game.
When improvising, it's a common and accepted
practice to quote bits and pieces of other people's songs and solos when you're preforming your own. Nothing new here. This is how jazz has been played since day one. A jazz player is expected to master a vocabulary
of themes, riffs, and 'standard' songs as part of their learning the idiom - and to be able to know how and when to use
them. But now, there's a very real worry that everything jazz used to be about may be coming to a close with the ridiculous extremes that copyright rules are getting pushed to.
First it started with record companies sometimes putting restrictions on who a player was allowed to "sit in" with - which is another thing jazz is about since, at its core, it's a live-performance artform that thrives on the cross-fertilization playing with other musicians provides.
Now, some record labels are beginning to feel the need to put the music they hold (under contract) in silos as well...
Talk about bad acid!