They get royalties but aren't required to give clearance, as far as I know (in
Canada they may be but composers can't block reissues of existing recordings in
the US..don't know what the situation is in Britain).
If the reissue label doesn't cough up composer royalties (mechanicals), the
publisher's agency can call in the gendarmes.
The copyright on sound recordings in Italy used to be 20 years, which explains
all those Joker LPs of pretty recent material.
D P Ingram wrote:
>> I think both Italy and Spain are now at 50 years. There would be an
>> obvious commercial advantage to having a shorter period. The Spanish
>> label Definitive has been issuing 1950s jazz recordings.
> Are they paying royalties as the latest legal advice I got (from UK) was
> that whilst the artist might not get the benefit, the songwriter and
> someone who composed the music still has rights for 70 (75?) years after
> their death and they must give clearance.