I never knew this. Many thanks for the explanation.
I've heard it stated that the Edison materails were ok for anyone to use,
though I can't say I recall the exact reason.
Is what I heard accurate?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sam Brylawski" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 10:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] New U.S. Copyright Laws
I can't speak for Edison and the Park Service site,and it's my understanding
that no one has seen the original "gift" agreement in many years. But the
gov't can and does own many copyrights. For instance, LC owns those for the
works of Vladimir Ussachevsky. (They bring in millions a year!) However, the
gov't may not own a copyright for something *created* by the gov't. That is,
created with tax-dollars.
On 4/26/06, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I've come in in the middle of this discussion, so perhaps I missed the
> The U.S. Government cannot own a copyright. All Edison recordings are
> by the U.S. Department of Parks and are, accordingly, public domain.
> Steven Smolian
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> From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] New U.S. Copyright Laws
> > steven c wrote:
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
> >>>At some point, UCSB will realize that their posting of cylinders relies
> >>>on rational interpretation of law. Given the recent finding by the New
> >>>York Supreme Court, the 1923 'rule' does not apply.
> >> Actually, there never WAS a "1923 'rule'" for sound recordings.
> > Of course you're right. That's why I used single quotes for the 'rule'.
> > However, my inference from seeing what is and what is not offered in
> > is that someone believed there was such a limitation. It is now
> > unequivocal that there is none.
> > Mike
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