In a message dated 7/1/2006 1:55:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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On 30/06/06, steven c wrote:
>> Hmmm - maybe there is a real 'forever' in this business. As things
>> are going, perhaps we should coin a new slogan: Music copyright is
> 1) Well, I have shellac discs approaching their first century that
> show no visible signs of degradation! Of course, "forever" for a
> shellac record implies it isn't dropped, stepped on, immersed in water
> for any significant length of time, exposed to ambient temperatures
> above about 120 degrees F or contacted by any alcohols...
Much the same as books. I have plenty of books that are well over 100
years old and still fully functional.
> 2) "Music copyright is forever" seems, so far, to apply only to the
> USA (though RRIA would like to see at least world-wide applicability,
> with that extending into outer space as necessary?!). In any case, it
> can only last as long as the US does (will the radioactive mutant
> cockroaches be able to play sound recordings eventually...?!)
The longevity of 78s and that of cockroaches is a worthy topic, since the
shellac of the former is from a distent relative of the latter.