Thanks goes to Phish.com for use of their basic taping policy as a model for
the Counting Crows Taping Policy. This policy will change and evolve in the near future, when we feel compelled to write something more original.Counting Crows Audio Recording Policy
Audience taping is permitted at all Counting Crows shows.
When Counting Crows are performing at a festival or other event featuring
multiple bands, that particular event's policy may override Counting Crows' customary taping policy. All taping is limited to audio only - no video is ever allowed - and with microphones only (no soundboard patches).
"Tapers" tickets are NOT required. A special taping section will be located behind the mix position in each venue when possible. Tapers are only permitted to bring ONE audio recording deck and ONE microphone stand/set of microphones into the venue. Anyone found taping in violation of the above policy will be removed from the venue and unauthorized recordings will be confiscated.
Since there will not be designated tapers' tickets, space in the taping section
is first-come first-serve. Taping will be permitted on a space-available basis with ANY ticket. When the section is full, no additional recording equipment will be allowed into the show. If you wish to tape at a show, you have the best chance of getting a spot in the section if you are in line to enter the building when the doors open; this time is always printed on each ticket. If all of the space is taken before you enter the venue, you will not be permitted to bring recording equipment in with you.
The enjoyment of the audience in attendance at a concert always takes
precedence over recording efforts. This means that at no time should tapers ever require other patrons to be quiet or otherwise interfere with their enjoyment of the show.Duplication
All participants in audio recording exchange (regardless of format) acknowledge and respect the copyrights and exclusive ownership of the music and performances by the performers, writers and publishers.
All taping must be for personal use only, which may include trading (via analog or digital tape, CD, or digital file transfer). Recordings may be traded only for an equivalent amount of similar media (cassettes or CDs, pre-recorded or blank). Like other items bearing Counting Crows' intellectual property, Counting Crows' tapes, CDs, videos or other media may not be displayed or distributed at or around concert venues, and may be subject to seizure if found. Regardless of any expenses incurred, no money may ever be exchanged as part of a trade; however, stamped, self-addressed envelopes may be included with blank media. In addition, the media by which audio trading is publicized may not be commercialized. Therefore newsletters, web sites, clubs, or any other communication forum facilitating audio trading cannot accept advertising, offer links for compensation, exploit databases compiled from their traffic, or otherwise derive any commercial proceeds in any form. Stores or businesses may not offer to duplicate Counting Crows media for customers or sell or otherwise provide media containing unreleased Counting Crows music for any price. A statement of compliance with this policy must be clearly posted on all web sites engaged in trading activity.
If we have chosen to offer for sale (via physical media such as CD, or via digital transmission) a particular Counting Crows performance, this "official" version will take precedence over amateur recordings being offered for download. In these instances, we require that digital audio repositories remove any recording of these particular performances from their collections within 3 days of the official release or 3 days of Counting Crows announcing the intention to release, which ever is earlier.
Notwithstanding the above, Counting Crows reserves the right to require immediate removal of any unreleased Counting Crows material. It is the responsibility of the site host to remain informed of the current list of Counting Crows' officially-released recordings and to maintain their site accordingly. In no case may any officially-released Counting Crows recording (live or studio) be duplicated or otherwise traded or offered. Broadcast of unreleased Counting Crows recordings via: radio or online is permissible only if it conforms to all the guidelines applicable to other forms of duplication.
Audience taping at Counting Crows concerts is authorized for non-commercial
purposes only. Unauthorized sale, duplication and/or distribution is strictly forbidden. All Counting Crows performances and recordings are the exclusive property of Counting Crows. All rights reserved. The privileges to record Counting Crows performances set forth in this policy constitute an express, revocable license. We reserve the right to withdraw our sanction of recording, tape trading, and/or non-commercial digital audio file transfers on a case specific basis or in general, as we deem necessary. No waiver of any copyright or trademark right is intended.
If you are aware of any person or site in violation of these policies, please
inform us at webmaster[at]countingcrows.com. Thank you.if someone could sticky this that'd be great.