I don't think Paramount sold out to Gennett. Part of the confusion may be
that Paramount had some manufacturing problems and Gennett did some work for
> From: James L Wolf <[log in to unmask]>
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> Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 22:03:48 -0400
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Correspondence with Lawrence Lessig
> I agree that tracing ownership of record company holdings is very
> difficult. Not only can it be hard to find out who bought what when, but
> parts of a company may have been split up.
> Unfortunately, the burden is on whoever wants to do something with
> maybe-copyrighted material to make a reasonably thorough effort to find
> the copyright holder, if any.
>>>> [log in to unmask] 07/21/03 19:18 PM >>>
> The problem is we don't always know what is and isn't "public domain."
> Take NYRL (Paramount) for example...they apparently sold out to Gennett
> in 1932, and Gennett apparently sold out to Decca in 1934...but that's
> only as best I know, and depends on whether the buy-outs included
> perpetual rights to everything they had ever recorded. Oberstein
> reissued a fair amount of Crown on his Varsity/et al lines...but did
> he buy the rights or just find the stampers at RCA from the days when
> the latter pressed Crown?
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