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Monday, June 25, 2007

Yamamai Royalties

I have two questions. How many performers have recorded Chaim Dovid's "Niggun" (popularly known as "Yamamai"?

Second, how many performers have paid him royalties?

I know that Lev Tahor and Shalheves have paid royalties. I know that there are at least two well known performers who have not. Are there more?

What is the halachic basis for thinking that it's yashar to take some one's music and not pay for it? The incredibly lame excuse that I've heard is that these musicians are popularizing the tune and therefore benefiting the author. Puh-Leeeze. (And, if that's the case, how about the decency of asking permission?).

If anyone records a niggun from U'Shmuel B'korei Sh'mo without paying royalties or working out a deal with me, I will personally go after them even if it costs me money to do so. That's not a threat. It's a promise.



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