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Re: [ARSCLIST] Public's rights....was offlist archival question from ARSC list member

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andes, Donald" <Donald.Andes@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Unfortunately it often becomes worse, when the artists estate steps in,
> and grossly OVER calculates what they "believe" the material to be
> worth, and won't settle for anything semi-reasonable when negotiating.
> This is another major reason materials don't get re-released. 
> The strangest thing here is, these are usually the folks that have
> indirectly profited from the artists work their whole life, and often
> don't have the faintest idea of the artist intentions of the deceased.

How long does an artist...or his/her/its legatees...have control of
his/her/its work as a recorded legacy? Presumably, the record company
controls the copyright, since it would be classed as a "work for hire"
(although this is itself establishes control until at least 1/1/2067!).

Is this based on the fact that most current artists are both composer
and performer of their recorded works?! (or claim to be...see under
"Led Zeppelin"...)?!

Steven C. Barr

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