Letters to the Editor
Jefferson County is amazing
What an amazing county!!
I not only want to thank the exhibitors of the Jefferson County Fair but their parents and the communities of Jefferson County. There is so much strength in your communities and your kids, please cherish it, not all communities have this.
A "Thank You" goes a long way with me, and I cherish all of the heartfelt cards that I have received, some of them even brought some tears. Keep up the great work, we need kids like you as our future leaders.
Paradise Rose Chuckwagon
Do your research: Song use OK
Pat Dinsmore is appalled that Leonard Cohen's soporific "Hallelujah" was played at the recent Republican Convention ("Be Objective, Do Research," Sept. 2,2020.) She cites this as the singular example of President Trump's alleged law breaking and rules flouting because Cohen's estate post hoc "denied permission to use it."
It was the RNC that played the song, not Trump. And the rights to use copyrighted music are typically granted by ASCAP, BMI or SESAC licenses. These are performance rights organizations (PRO). The songwriter or performer usually has very little or no control over its public use, having ceded that authority to a PRO in exchange for collecting royalties.
Most commercial venues, like the Moda Center, have licenses that permit use of music at events staged at the venue regardless of the user. If a song is not used for commercial purposes, like at a convention, it generally may be used without express permission or license. Almost certainly the playing of the song at the convention violated no laws or copyrights, notwithstanding the estate's objection.
Ms. Dinsmore urges voters to do their own research and fact-checking. Good advice for everyone. I urge voters to vote for the only presidential candidate who supports law enforcement and the law enforcement officers who do that dangerous work.
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