One solution is to produce reissues for release in Canada or overseas,
where ownership claims expire after fifty yers.
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03/02/2010 03:59 PM
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[ARSCLIST] Query regarding ownership of 78s - posted by Mike Gray
I represent the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, a non-profit
>> project dedicated to preserving and disseminating music of the American
>> Jewish experience. A summary is attached. The website is:
>> My question relates to historical recordings of Jewish music
>> Klezmer, Yiddish, etc.) that were issued in the period 1905 - 1952 on
>> following labels:
>> Pathe Actuelle
>> United Hebrew Disc and Record Co.
>> The Milken Archive owns quality digital transfers of 60+ Jewish music
>> recordings that were originally issued on these labels, and the Archive
>> would like to commercially reissue these recordings in a legally
>> way. I have some documentation about the original records, matrix
>> etc., and I have been attempting to make due diligence searches to find
>> current owners of these recordings. The online resources of the US
>> Office, ARSC, and the CLIR Survey of Reissues of U.S. Recordings have
>> generally helpful. My specific question is whether the current
>> status of any/all of the twelve labels listed above is already known,
>> if so - how I might access that information. Would you be able to
>> or to guide me towards existing reference materials regarding the
>> status of these labels?
>> I have already learned that the Edison recordings are in the public
>> But the task of researching the other labels is proving to be quite
>> daunting, especially for a non-profit organization with limited staff.
>> were possible for the Milken Archive to avoid "re-inventing the wheel"
>> pursuing due-diligence, then this would be preferable. Any suggestions
>> might offer would be appreciated.
>> Thank you for your consideration.
>> Sincerely yours,
>> Paul Schwendener
>> Artist and Repertoire Adviser
>> Milken Archive of American Jewish Music
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>> (914) 833 1762