Copyright in classical music recordings

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I am undecided this submit belongs right here or within the Recorded Music and Publications discussion board, and this problem little question has been raised earlier than, however on account of a current (however now closed) thread, I believed it value reiterating:
Within the US, there at present are not any sound recordings within the public area. Pre- February 1972 recordings should not topic to Federal copyright legislation till 2067, and a serious courtroom choice on the topic (Capitol v. Naxos) means that underneath the essential copyright rules that apply in any other case, copyright safety is perpetually (a nasty and improper choice imo, however there it’s) and post- February 1972 recordings now have 70 years of copyright safety within the US and the EU, although it’s nonetheless solely 50 years in another nations. In consequence, outdated recordings obtainable on the market or accessible free of charge overseas typically are unavailable by any authorized means within the US. Now, who cares about these dusty outdated pre-1972 recordings? We classical music followers, that is who.
This case encourages unlawful gross sales to American prospects of music freely obtainable in different nations, particularly non-EU nations that also observe the 50-year copyright interval. Fortuitously, over the previous 20 years, many of those lengthy out-of-print classical information, together with even these from small obscure labels, have been legitimately reissued a technique or one other. A stunning variety of these have appeared on Youtube lately, I assume legally(?). There are nonetheless exceptions, after all.
I’m wondering if this case will proceed. The system is simple to cheat, as with a VPN server that may allow one to entry on-line sources unavailable in a single’s dwelling jurisdiction. Sellers from non-EU European nations burn CDs, little question from free downloads obtainable in Europe from libraries and the like, and market them on ebay.
I am not condoning copyright violations of any sort however giving your bank card quantity to some nameless overseas vendor particularly is sheer lunacy.



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