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Re: [ARSCLIST] Britain reverses position on copyright extension

At 05:49 PM 1/20/2009, Paul D wrote:
The Constitution states for a limited time. That could be interpreted from 1 day to the lifetime of the artist.

Boy, those would be great minimum/maximum limits. The problem is that Sonny Bono himself said that his interpretation of "a limited time" was "forever minus one day". And that's a problem.

And research suffers. What is fair game and absolutely routine for scholars of the baroque is verboten for scholars of twentieth century music. Our hands are tied and we have a tough time doing work on music where we could actually speak to the participants and get firsthand answers.



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