Ive read with interest the various positions fellow members have posted and i am convinced that Copy Right holders have an obligation to make their material available, at reasonable cost, for the duration of the Copy Right.
Should they elect to withdraw the material from the market (that includes 3rd party releasing) for lets say 5/10 years then the material reverts to Public Domain status, for lack of use of said Copy Right.
I do transfers for a small dance record company who has 50 yo masters and releases to reissue them. We have sent Harry Fox org. payment for mechanical releases on covered songs. 100 records of a song @ .08¢ per song and have the uncanceled check returned... no explanation... it cost more than the paper work involved...... a good reason RCA, Universal, et al wont talk to any one about vaulted material.
I have absolutely no remorse for jillion $$ music holders of 20's 30's material when some one asks if will rip a cd for the likes of "Hit of The Week".
Ok feds make me a bed for pirating CR music..... at 80yo they can pay my board and room and medical......