On 12/06/07, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Ross" <[log in to unmask]>
>> I had a chance to discuss the question of obtaining out-of-print
>> material with a friend who is developing contracts with record labels
>> for the Microsoft Zune music download service (the Microsoft
>> competitor to Apple's iTunes). He told me that the labels generally
>> don't want to make their old stuff available, because of the cost of
>> remastering analog masters for digital distribution. The overall cost
>> of making them available is greater than the potential return on most
>> out-of-print items.
>> So it would make sense that the Archiv service is using existing CD
>> masters rather than producing material especially for this new
>> distribution channel.
> Note that any collector who had/has recordings made before 1/1/1957
> can, in most jurisdictions, freely reissue same as long as the
> necessary arrangements are made for payment of applicable publisher
> Is "Archiv" reissuing this sort of public-domain (outside the US Of A)
> material...or are they reissuing later recordings (which suggests
> either that they are paying for the rights to do so, or else operating
> outside the law...!).
Arkiv are selling licensed copies of existing, out of print CDs.
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