That indeed appears to be the case for post-1922 recordings, due to
the various recent term-extensions and amendments to Federal
Copyright Law under pressure from the music industry's well-funded
However, this does NOT apply to those US 1923-1950 "works" (i.e.
actual songs and compositions, as distinct from recordings thereof)
whose copyright failed to be renewed for a second 28-year term. These
works would be by definition in the public domain, and a catalog of
them would be an immense asset to any recording archivist. Yet I'm
unaware of any published attempt to catalog such PD works.
On 18 Mar 2009, at 1:45, Steven Smolian wrote:
> Er- Officially, just about everything is under U.S. copyright
> untill 2065 or so...
> Steve Smolian
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Public Domain Recodings?
>> In a closely related area, has anybody ever attempted to make a
>> list of those post-1922 American compositions (as distinct from
>> phonorecordings) whose copyright was never renewed after their
>> initial 28-year protection term?
>> Any list that I have ever seen confines itself to pre-1923 works,
>> with ominous warnings about how later material requires the
>> expertise of a copyright lawyer to determine its status. In
>> practice, I would have thought that simple arithmetic would
>> suffice, given that any post-1922 work whose initial 28-year term
>> ended before January 1st, 1978 without being renewed for a second
>> period would have passed irrevocably into the Public Domain.
>> I'm not aware of any systematic attempt to identify and catalog
>> such works. Ideas, anyone?
>> Anthony Baldwin
>> On 17 Mar 2009, at 3:06, Randal Baier wrote:
>>> Wow! If ARSC isn't arcane, then I don't know what qualifies --
>>> and that's precisely why I like being on this list!
>>> A pomegranate tapenade in a world full of onion dip. Bring it on!
>>> Randal Baier
>>>> Dear ARSC folk-
>>>> I am curious if anyone out there has compiled an exhaustive,
>>>> semi- exhaustive (or just plain exhausting) list of PD
>>>> recordings. As a Latin music collector I have found certain
>>>> tracks that have popped up with differing names on "budget"
>>>> labels like Varsity. I seem to recall a thread from sometime
>>>> ago that dealt with this question but I do not remember anyone
>>>> having a single database of all the music that fell into this
>>>> Does such a thing exist or am I searching for Chimeras?
>>>> Please ping me off list so as not to bother the mainstream with
>>>> what I believe might be fairly described as arcana...