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?
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 category.
>> 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...