THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES, WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 27,1952. Tape Recorder Is Weapon of Record Pirate NEW YORK— (NEA)— With a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of shellac, America's record pirates are cruising the musical high seas on a siege of brazen crime that makes Captian Kidd look like an FBI agent. The formula is simple. A record pirate takes his trusty tape recorder and tapes either a commercial record or a radio broadcast He takes his tape to a rec- performance. He made a long A fot woman in a big picture hat usually reminds one of o cow i 'rider o shed. ©HE* ord manufacturer, has a few hundred pressed, slaps on some phony labels and sells them. It's not big money, but it's easy money. It's not a respectable profession, but few record pirates have been caught, and then they've been prosecuted in civil, not criminal, actions. As one record official puts it, "If a guy wants to be illegitimate, he can get away with it easy." There have been exceptions. Perhaps the most notable was Dante Bolletino, whose rise anc fall made the biggest splash the history of platter piracy. Bolletino followed the accepted pattern, up to a point He only pirated records of out-of-print, hard-to-obtain n u m 1 there's no reason for a dealer to buy popular records from an unknown salesman. And he only had long-playing copies made. Bolletino's forte was jazz. He wade records of old Louis Armstrong numbers. He called his records, with an obvious n o s e- thumb at the big companies, "Jolly Roger." That was one mistake. The big companies, whose legal departments are ordinarily too busy to go after small stuff, couldn't stomach such a flagrant flaunting of the pirate symbol. Nor could they ignore it when Bolletino went big-time. He advertized in jazz magazines, he sold to big New York stores, he featured pictures of Armstrong. Columbia Records the company that has. Armstrong under contract, quietly gathered evidence, then moved in. They brought suit case of a Connecticut man who taped an entire radio broadcas of a Metropolitan Opera Company against Bolletino's company on behalf of themselves and Armstrong, charging him with unfair competition. That's about all a record pirate can be made to walk the plank for. Bolletino agreed to a settlement out of court Armstrong was awarded ?1000 in damages, Bolletino was made to cease and desist dubbing Columbia records, and had to turn over his entire stock to Columbia for junking. There turned out to be about 6000 records that were acrapped. Bolletino's books showed a loss of $2000 for his year of operations, but record men are inclined to doubt that They figure anybody doing business on his scale—and not paying a cent for a song or an orchestra or a performer—couldn't help but make big money. On a lesser scale, there was the, playing album of the opera call ing it an Italian company ant making up phony names for the Met stars. Adding insult to injury, he hac is records pressed by the custom record department of RCA Victor. Eventually he was stopped, but there are still red faces at RCA Victor because of that bit of piracy. A third famous ballad buccaneer was the man who obtained a tape recording of performances the late Glenn Miller had made while louring overseas during World War-H. He put these out, under a label he called "AFN," obviously playing on the fame of the Armed Forces Network. Since Miller was dead, and these particular selections had never been recorded, the only person who was interested enough to track him down was the band leader's widow. And when he was finally found, the only thing h e could be caught on was a charge of doing business in New York City without a certificate of doing business. What makes record piracy so difficult to stop is that there is no specific law which makes it Uegal. The copyright law was written in 1909, long before records reached their current state of prosperity. There still is nothing criminal about pirating records, as the record-makers see the law. About all they believe can be done is for someone—the victim- zed performer, composer, publisher or record company—to sue and charge unfair competition, invasion of privacy, unjust enrigh- ment, or something like that. And the plaintiff must prove that the recording is actually his Few judges are skilled enough tc tell if Beethoven's Ninth is being played by the New York Philhar monic or some fictitious "Egyp tian Scholastic Symphony," or anj name the pirate slaps on the label If the pirate record is made from a radio broadcast,- it's the musician's union which usuallj steps in. Anyone who employs musicians must have a license to do so, and a record pirate obviously hasn't. So the union often obtains injunctions stopping that sort of pirating. Some pirates, trying to make a desperate dollar, have even pirated legitimate labels. That happens when there is a sudden demand for a number, such as hap pended when Johnnie Ray first hit Good to Eat Answer to* Pre.vious Puzzle HORIZONTAL 1 split . soup 4 Greek letter 8 pudding 12 High . . mountain ' 13 Dry 14 Subterfuge 15 Knock 16 Easy jobs 18 Foes VERTICAL IPeel 2 Dash 3 Canape 4 Fundamental . 5 Great Lake 6 Christmas tree > decoration 9 Fruit drinR 8 Dried plum 5 Entice 20 Ones of a kindlO Employer 21 Twitching 11 Disorder 17 Pamper 19 Italian city 22 Comfort .24 Seed vessel 26 Shade trees 27 Chemical engineer (ab.) 30 Peril 32 Satan 34 Thoroughfare 35 Earactie 36 Weigh!? used in India 37 1 Small devils .39 Masculine 40 Growl 41 Pose 42 Cavalry sword (var.) .45 Mineral used in fertilizers 49 Monotonous round 51 Worthless table scrap 52 Minced oath 53 Bewildered 54 Girl's nickname 55 Corn —— 56 Peruse 57 Watering place 25 Rant 26 Dropsy 27 Quotations 28 Salute 29 Otherwise 31 Spoiled - —. 33 Restrict 23 Early church 38 Laud desks 40Rate 42 Pace 43 Jason's ship (myth) 44 Green vegetable 46 Entreaty 47 Snare 48 Volcano in Sicily 24 Exclamations 41 Dinner course 50 Damage 30 19 55 10 Sb O. zs 29 H8 the big time and his recording i But pirating labels infringes on a! Actually, pirates have gone un- company was on strike. Pira'esj trade-mark and is much easier toldergrounH since Bolletino's hey- had a field day for a few weeks.(stop. day, but they are still in busi- ness. It's not an easy trade, since most label-printers and record- pressers demand cash in advance from customers they don't know and distributors are hard to fool with strange record names. But it's still lucratlva enough to pi» duce many a buck for the faucc*. Holiday Take along the6-CAN HANDY PACK Pick up plenty for picnic parties Handiest way to enjoy Only Country Club is made from 2 fully aged beers.. one light, one dry. Result: mm m! The Bright Beer! Start your holiday bright— pick up a couple of Country Club 6-Packs!* Then you'll be set when the call goes up for a second round of Country Club—as it always does! For Country Club is more than a wonderful beer—it's two delightful beers in one! One beer is a light beer, complete and perfect in itself. 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