Okeh, but you are forgetting a sizeable chunk of the pre-1919 recordings,especially European classical.Odeon,The Gramophone Company,and Zonophone,among others. These are either owned by EMI,or distributed by a patchwork of independent labels.Not to mention Deusche Gramophon/Polydor,Brunswick/Decca,and others owned by Universal.
--- On Thu, 8/7/08, Steven C. Barr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
One significant problem this merger created is the fact that merging CBS
with BMG left
the resulting firm in control of ALL extant pre-1919 recordings...and
pre-1935 recordings of any significance (Edison excepted in both cases)!
Canada, given the fact that the newly-revised copyright law DIDN'T (not
expected...?!) extend the current 50-year term for sound recordings, all
cut in 1956 or before are now in the public domain; however, in the US of A,
NO recordings become p.d. until 1/1/2067...it is a different story...
Steven C. Barr