To clarify my earlier comment about Savoy, it lays claim to the entire Varsity
catalog and all Crown masters on the basis of having licensed some ("some")
Varsity sides in the 40s. And Universal's archive includes more than early
Brunswicks..all English Deccas from 1929 as well as any older labels that
company absorbed in the 30s, all Polydor and DGG, etc.
Isn't there also some speculation that Sony/BMG might not really own the
1932-1939 Brunswick/ARC assets (which were in fact owned by Warner Brothers?
Steven Smolian wrote:
> Not to mention Edison which is public domain as it is owned by the U.S.
> National Parks Service and the government cannot own a copyright.
> Steve Smolian
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> From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 4:42 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Copyright and Marston Records
> > Bob Olhsson wrote:
> >> >I hope details will be forthcoming, especially if they can serve as a
> >> >badly needed licensing model for US companies.
> >> >
> >> There are no US companies for the early stuff and little need for a
> >> licensing model because Sony/BMG owns everything EMI doesn't and they
> >> both own a lot of it jointly. Universal kicks in during the '30s.
> > Nope..Universal owns Brunswick's pre-1932 catalog so it goes back to the
> > late 1910s whether it knows it or not.
> >> Independent label ownership only begins in the '40s when the last of the
> >> electrical recording patents expired.
> > Crown, Hit of the Week, Grey Gull are among the more prominent independent
> > labels and as far as I know, all are orphaned (despite the claims that
> > Crown went to Oberstein and everything Obie owned became part
> > of Savoy).
> > dl
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