[f_minor] Fw: Fwd: GG and Wolferl

Faye fperkins90 at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 2 17:16:14 MST 2014

Hi, this is Faye Perkins with the Glenn Gould Estate.  Thank you Kevin for your response, and this is where things stand with the film, "How Mozart Became A Bad Composer."
Like you, the Glenn Gould Estate would like to make this film available for viewing and sale.  We, along with WNET are the copyright holders.  
The Gould-CBC DVD Boxset included CBC Broadcasts, hence the reason that the "Mozart"film was not included.
The costs of distribution are usually the reason that we are unable to release films and other Gould recordings.  With some of the new streaming services and more capabilities through video sharing sites like YouTube, you will be seeing more Gould releases in the coming months.
Please check our website:  Home - Glenn Gould   where we will be giving more updates around our release plans.  Feel free to start or take part in a discussion, and send me and email at glenngouldestate at gmail.com if you have any more questions or concerns.
We appreciate your support of Glenn Gould and I am happy to share more of our business plans on a one-on-one basis.
Best regards,Faye
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From: "Kevin Bazzana" <kevinbazzana at shaw.ca>
Date: November 2, 2014 at 4:34:40 PM EST
To: <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Subject: Re: [f_minor] GG and Wolferl
Reply-To: "Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould." <f_minor at glenngould.org>

#yiv5140986202 #yiv5140986202 -- #yiv5140986202 p.yiv5140986202MsoNormal, #yiv5140986202 li.yiv5140986202MsoNormal, #yiv5140986202 div.yiv5140986202MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;}#yiv5140986202 a:link, #yiv5140986202 span.yiv5140986202MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv5140986202 a:visited, #yiv5140986202 span.yiv5140986202MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv5140986202 span.yiv5140986202EmailStyle17 {font-family:Arial;color:windowtext;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;text-decoration:none none;} _filtered #yiv5140986202 {margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}#yiv5140986202 div.yiv5140986202Section1 {}#yiv5140986202          Greetings.Regarding the Mozart film: Please, don’t start an e-mail-writing campaignto the Paley Center and the GG Foundation. That’s pointless, becauseneither owns the rights to the film in question. The Paley Center physically possessesa copy of the film, but that doesn’t mean they “own” it interms of copyright, and the GG Foundation is not the GG estate; it doesn’tcontrol any Gould copyrights. The Mozart film was made for NET (what becamePBS), and so the rights would be controlled by PBS (presumably along with theestate). I wonder if PBS is “difficult” on matters like this. GG’sprogram “The Well-Tempered Listener” was a CBC-NET coproduction,and you’ll notice that only part of that program (the musical performances,not the 40 minutes of conversation) appeared in the recent 10-DVD boxed set,with a note that the interview portion “has not been cleared for release”.Maybe PBS is a dick in this respect; I’ve actually heard things alongthose lines. And there may be another factor here: The woman who rediscoveredthe Mozart film at the Paley Center, Lucille Carra, is making a documentary called“Glenn Gould: Recording Artist,” for Travelfilm; according to theirwebsite (http://www.travelfilmcompany.com/) this is now in post-production. Idon’t know anything about the film, but I remember Lucille saying, longago, that the Mozart film will play some kind of important role within herfilm; maybe she has some kind of agreement to the effect that the film will notbe released before her own documentary. I don’t know. She has curatedseveral public showings of the Mozart film in various cities, though, so ithasn’t been completely hidden. I understand and share everyone’sfrustration about its slow release, however; it really should have been in thatboxed setm that was a wasted opportunity. But don’t besiege the wrong organizationswith e-mails—they’re not going to illegally post the film online nomatter what the demand. And I sympathize with their view, too, being acopyright owner myself. When you speak about “you all who support thepresent system,” you’re talking about the system that protects mywork. (I’ve seen my books on sites that claim to offer them for freedownload. My response was not to lean back and say, “Ah, the system works—informationwants to be free.” No, my response was to contact my publisher and say “Haveyour lawyers take this down RIGHT NOW.”) The people who think informationshould be free are invariably those who have never owned a copyright. I couldcirculate DVD dubs of the Mozart film or post it on YouTube myself, but I’mnot going to, no matter how tempting that is. But I really do share in the frustration.GG has been dead more than 30 years, and it amazes me how much of his workstill languishes unseen. But as long as his work remains copyrighted, those whoown the copyrights will try to monetize it, and that will inevitably slow theprocess of its release. (Those of GG’s recordings more than 50 years oldare now in the public domain almost everywhere but the USA, and as a result manypreviously unknown recordings from his early years have circulated widely; thelapsing of the copyrights as been a boon for Gould fans, though of course notfor the people who owned them.) I guess we’ll just have to be patient,that’s my (not very satisfying) advice, and let’s hope we all liveto be 150 or however long it takes to witness the last Gould copyright expire …Kevin Bazzana 

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