Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oysterband music on Time Has Told Me site‏


I don't want to be unduly po-faced, but some of that stuff is commercially available and in print. You are infringing the copyright of the relevant record companies.

I strongly suggest you remove "Twenty Golden Tie-Slackeners" (Running Man Records RMCD4), "Wide Blue Yonder" (Cooking Vinyl Records COOKCD 006), and the audio of the "25th Anniversary DVD" (Westpark Music WM87111).

I appreciate that you do these things for love of music. However we also have to do it for love of earning a living.

Thank you.

/ Ian Telfer (Oysterband)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand this completely.

11 November, 2008 22:35  
Blogger Alan said...

So do I , however a large number of people world wide get introduced to minor artists they probably would never have heard of any other way. And then become buying members of society, chasing down minority albums, the proceeds of which go to the artist.

It would be nice once in a while, if these ultimate beneficiaries, might offer up a few taster tracks, not available on their vinyl/CD or whatever. It has got to be the way forward to generate public awareness!!!!

12 November, 2008 00:14  
Blogger jeffen said...

A nicely-phrased request from a good man, which I hope will not discourage you from posting all the other excellent out-of-print folk albums that you do.

12 November, 2008 00:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I respect Mr. Telfer and have purchased many of his band's fine cd's, but I would really like to SEE the oysterband visit the States...perhaps Philadelphia area ???

12 November, 2008 09:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I note Ian's comments and respect his view I look at my collection of folk music and see that there are no Oyster Band albums. Why? I know of the group but I have never seen them, none of my friends have any of their music, I have never heard them on the radio or TV so I don't buy them. For any Englishman interested in American Folk music the situation is even worse as I will never get the chance to see or hear live the vast majority of the bands currently on the music scene.

The only way I have of judging a group I have never heard live is to download an album and see if I like it. If I do then I can decide whether or not to try and find hard copies. If not then I have simply wasted my time at no loss to him.

Most of the music I download is listened to once on the computer, and a large proportion is never heard at all as the first couple of tracks puts me off! Very little makes it to makes it to a proper music system, let alone a CD. That which does make it to CD is nearly all music I already own on vinyl and have paid for or already in the public domain.

Ian is in a catch22 situation as I will never buy music blind. Perhaps he should consider putting some albums or concerts into the public domain (on the Internet Archive [http://www.archive.org/details/etree]for example - home of a lot of great free folk, country and Americana music - or a more specialist site such as SPSS) so I could legally see whether I like what he produces.

13 November, 2008 16:56  

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