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Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Great Give-away for Your Guests

Filed under: Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 12:01 am
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cdspiningCreate a very special CD with all the songs that are special to you and your partner or that are played at the reception and present it your guests.

Purchase vinyl CD sleeves and make your own covers. Include pictures of you and your partner with your names and date and place of the wedding. On the inside, include a list of the songs and on the back write a brief “thank you” note or poem.

Ask your disc jockey to put together a master CD for you with your favorite songs. You can then copy CDs yourself. Cost: approx. $1.50 each if you make them yourself.

Giving a CD with music by artists whose music you have paid for (not downloaded illegally) and are giving away is usually acceptable. This idea is better for smaller groups. Usually there is a CD left at each place setting.

UPDATE: Since I originally posted this tip, some have expressed concerns about copyright infringement. Can you legally copy music to a CD? The verdict: It depends on whom you ask.

If you would like to read an extremely long dissertation about the legalities of this tip, please click here.

Most seem to agree that it’s also okay to copy music onto special Audio CD-R’s, mini-discs, and digital tapes (because royalties have been paid on them) – but, again, not for commercial purposes. Beyond that, there’s no legal “right” to copy the copyrighted music from a CD onto a CD-R.

Any unauthorized reproduction of a sound recording is technically a copyright infringement. It does not matter whether the reproduction is from a CD to a cassette tape, from a CD to a hard drive, or from a CD to a CD-Recordable disc. In reality, however, no record company has ever sued a consumer for copying music for noncommercial purposes.

Giving the CD away is another issue which gets into the area of “intent to distribute.”

Soooooo. . . copying copyrighted music which you have purchased to a CD to give to someone as a wedding favor may or may not be a good idea in retrospect. Please do so at your own risk.

If you can provide further references to clarify this issue, you are welcome to post a comment along with your reference.

Your comments are always welcome!

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Check Larry’s availability.

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1 Comment »

  1. This is a great tip! I’ve been to a couple of weddings where they have done this and it went over sooo well. It’s personal but inexpensive.


    Comment by Michelle Love-Myers — Thursday, August 6, 2009 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

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