A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT
by ADRIAN DURLESTER
Parnasa (livelihood) is a basic concept in Judaism. Our faith has long recognized that, while one can and should perform religious services such as writing liturgically-based music, performing cantorial or songleading services, etc., for the community willingly, people do need to earn a living. To varying degrees, composers, songwriters, and performers depend on income from legitimate sales of printed music and recordings.
“One who derives benefit and the other suffers loss [is liable].” (Bava Kamma 20a)
Another honored concept in Judaism is attribution. It is considered a great honor to report the words of another.
“R. Eleazar further said in the name of R. Hanina: Whoever reports a saying in the name of its originator brings deliverance to th