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From: "Peter Kiefer" <[log in to unmask]>
> At one time there were three Fred Waring albums on Ebay, obviously CD
> copies of LPs. One of the Waring family members wrote to RIAA, Decca/MCA
> and two publishers who had songs on the albums. A week passed and the
> Waring son felt, "nobody gives a s..." Then he received a call from RIAA
> and by the next weekend the illegal cd's were gone from the ebay list.
> But you are right, that was sort of an isolated incident called on by an
> heir, the rest of them seem to go unnoticed by "the authorities."
Interestingly enough, if the original recordings were cut before December
31, 1953...and if the seller was Canadian (or much of Europe) the copies
would be entirely legal. If a US resident bought them, he/she/it would be
breaking the law, not the seller. The copyright term for sound recording
in most places outside the US is 50 years...though that may change once
the first recordings by Elvis become PD...
Steven C. Barr