The life+70 term is for everything after 1977, sound recordings and
all. Except copyrights held by corporations are for 95 years I think.
Everything published 1964-77 gets an automatic 95 years. Things
published from 1923-1963 get 95 years total if they were renewed before
their first 28 years were up (otherwise PD).
Sound Recordings before 1972 have no federal copyright protection.
But the morass of state laws remain in effect (unless changed by their
respective states) until Feb. 2067, at which point all pre-1972
recordings enter the Publc Domain. Not that the Corporate Oligarchy will
let that happen, but that's the law for now. The state laws carry real
weight. Try to bootleg the Beatles openly and you'll just get hauled
into a New York court instead of a federal one.
Royalties are another issue entirely and are addressed in contracts
and the laws that cover them. Don't the companies that handle
"performance rights" such as Harry Fox, ASCAP and BMI handle this stuff?
I guess just Harry Fox for recordings. They are hired by the record
companies to collect the money and distribute the royalties, just as the
music publishers hire ASCAP and BMI for the same purpose.
>>> [log in to unmask] 07/21/03 01:53PM >>>
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From: "James L Wolf" <[log in to unmask]>
> Remember that our friend Sonny Bono added 20 years to that
> So this means pre-1972 recordings don't go out of common-law
> until 2067. At least until the next extension.
> >>> [log in to unmask] 07/21/03 03:01AM >>>
> Incidentally, the last entry at the last URL is "Life + 70 years or
> 12-31-2047 whichever is greater". Frankly, that sounds to me more
> term of incarceration than a term of protection.
Aren't these "life +" copyright terms on the songs, rather than the
recordings? And, is it not true that sound recordings before 1972 are
copyrighted due to an oversight of the writers of the original law, so
they had to be protected by various state anti-piracy laws? Keep in
mind that until after the 1942-44 AFM strike, it wasn't standard
to pay royalties to recording artists, so that in 99.9% of cases their
lifespans wouldn't affect what they could collect!
Steven C. Barr