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Re: [ARSCLIST] The Incompetence at ENHS
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From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <thorenstd124@xxxxxxxxx>
> Pre-1972 recordings (other than those whose ownership
> is lost) will not come under Federal Copyright
> protection (and thus, hopefully, public domain status)
> until 2067! There are some early Columbia cylinder
> recordings from 1890 (technically owned by Sony-BMG)
> which will not become public domain until 2067, a
> whopping 177 years after they were 'waxed'.
As I understand it, what will happen in 2067 (if we get to SEE 2067!)
is that the maze of state "anti-piracy" laws and "common law" protection
which now make it illegal (Vermont may be the exception?) to "publish"
any sound recordings except those you have made or paid to have made...
and many of these state laws have effectively unlimited terms! I don't
recall if the law, once it places sound recordings under federal
copyright, establishes a fixed term for such copyrights...?
Steven C. Barr