Bon writes > "Much of the world" is rapidly shrinking because almost all
> signed treaties calling for them to conform their copyright terms to the
> countries having the longest term in effect at the time of the creation
> the treaty.
If I understand this correctly, you are saying that the rest of the world
has agreed to conform their copyright terns to the countries having the
This is not true. Not to the LONGEST term. The international conventions
guarantee certain MINIMUM standards for the protection of sound recordings.
In practice, this means 50 years from first publication (or year of
recording). The European Union is currently planning to extend this to 70
years, but the extension has not yet been passed. If and when is, it will
not be retroactive, so that recordings first published in 1960 will stay in
public domain permanently . This also applies to recordings of US
origin -pre - 1960 US recordings can legally be reissued in Europe. Nothing
forces the rest of the world to confirm to the US system of protecting sound
Please remember also that the US gives less protection to performers than
the EU. All EU member states have ratified the Rome convention,which
requires broadcasters to pay performers and producers for the right to
broadcast records (as long as they are protected). So there are many
differences in the copyright status of sound recordings between Europe and
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Olhsson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 5:31 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Your taxpayer dollars being given to the Universal
> -----Original Message-----
>>From Steven C. Barr:
> in Canada (and in much of the world) the copyright term for sound
> is FIFTY years (thus 1960 recordings can be reissued!). This means that
> after 12/31/2011 I can legally reissue ALL my 78's...!
While the Bono Act has been portrayed as a power grab by the
> entertainment industry it in fact was merely conforming US copyright terms
> in order to facilitate mutual copyright enforcement with other countries.
> Any country that fails to keep that obligation is probably looking at
> World Trade Organization sanctions.
> Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
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