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Key Idea: Join An Organization That Litigates and Educates

Daniel Walker belongs to an organization made up of composers that works to protect its members'  intellectual property.    More...

Key Question:


Join a group that will help you go after pirates for you and others in your industry. Daniel Walker is a member of a royalty collection agency. It does the work of tracking down where his music is being played, collects and remits the money owned to Daniel. We see the day when other professional and industry trade associations take on the task of protecting their members' intellectual property.

Q: Who hired George Borkowski to go after Napster?

The RIAA, which is the Record Industry Association of America. It is made up of thousands of composers and musicians like Daniel Walker.   Daniel is a BMI composer which means he is a member of BMI and it goes after pirates for its members.

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What group could you join or form to help you stop piracy in your industry?

Clip from: Protect Your Intellectual Property (IP)

Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle: Economies grow when money is transacted for something of value. Theft kills economies and IP theft is a real pandemic.

Lying, cheating and stealing has been going on forever. But now, the other IP (Internet Protocol) has made it so easy to steal, our children and all sorts of decent-loving-gentle people think nothing about "borrowing, using, enjoying" and otherwise ripping off somebody's creative work.

In this episode of the show we visit with the lawyers who argued down Grokster in the U.S. Supreme Court. We visit with a small business owner who is being ripped off, a composer who is figuring it out, and technologists who are waging the war to protect our intellectual assets.

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Harvester Music

Daniel Walker, Composer and Director

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Business Classification:
The Arts, Music composition

Year Founded: 2001

Join An Organization That Litigates and Educates

DANIEL: I'm a film and television composer.

HATTIE: (Voiceover) Daniel Walker is like many of the artists in Hollywood. He works hard and deserves to be compensated for his ideas.

DANIEL: The most important thing is to copyright your work. It's a process that's been the same way ever since I've started writing music. You send your copyright information to the federal copyright office. If it's copywritten, then you are protected basically. But there are times you have to prove your authorship and the copyright office will establish that for you. I have three computers running right now. One is making the sounds, one is being the conductor kind of.

(Voiceover) If your music is going to be broadcast on television, or if it's in a film or radio then you need to register the music with a recording collection agency. Here in the United States we have BMI, ASCAP, or SESAC. These agencies collect royalties on broadcasts of the music.

HATTIE: How has your life changed because of digital information being out there?

DANIEL: I'm a BMI writer and BMI has gone way beyond where they were 15 years ago when they were collecting for broadcasts on the networks. They went into cable and now they're collecting for the cable broadcasts. They are now on Internet broadcast. So my royalty collection society has advanced. They are now very much aware of where music is being used. The Internet for me and for people like me is a calling card. It's basically a digital business card, so I have a website that has examples of my music on it.

(Voiceover) Now this piece is probably about 5 minutes long but you'll only hear about 30 seconds of it.

HATTIE: So that gives the person shopping for music the feel of what you could do. They then call you and say, I want that Barracuda piece, and then they have to pay for it.

DANIEL: Then they have to pay for it, exactly. Any time you send a demo to somebody you're giving them a part of what you created. So I'm always very diligent about being aware of where it's going and how it's registered, how it's protected. I'm always very aware of it and very diligent about it. There's only so much you can do.

HATTIE: (Voiceover) Boardroom Inc. publishes the largest subscription based newsletter in the world and it has millions of web readers. This warning is posted on its site.

HATTIE: Putting on my web site "copyright and reprint notice" does that help?

MARK: Yes. The goal as a businessman should be first of all to keep honest people honest. There are certain people who read and say, I shouldn't be doing it, they don't want me to do it. Do I think it helps? Yes. Is it the cure all, absolutely not?


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