Our current little bugbear is people asking for CDs.
UK Law and US Law is different, but we all know it is similar enough in that, basically, a Venue pays an annual license to allow us to perform cover songs and the copyright owner gets their royalties. We don't have to pay a license to do that.
But selling a CD of yourself performing a cover of a song you don't own the copyright for or have a license for is a whole other thorny problem. So we steer clear of it and just don't do it.
Also, my Duo partner plays more than one instrument, neither of us have recording facilities at home, so it would take a fair bit of time and money to record enough songs to fill a CD.
So we steer clear of it.
Since we've been doing this posh Hotel gig, we've been asked by loads of Guests if they can buy a CD.
They just won't take no for an answer!
One guest who had asked for a business card and a CD after he'd seen us at the Hotel and been told we don't sell CDs because we don't own the copyright for the songs - emailed to suggest we catalogue songs that are out of copyright and make a CD of them. His point being, if Rod Stewart can do it, so can Smooth Duo.
So we figured, maybe banging on about copyright isn't the way to say no and make it final.
So we tried a different track last night. When asked, we said we can't afford the studio time to record all the intruments etc etc.
"oh it wouldn't cost you anything, we have some friends who own a recording studio and we could arrange it for you."
I bloody GIVE UP.