Couldn't have said it better. Magnificent!
On 8/16/11 11:44 AM, Michael Biel wrote:
> Tell me, Bob, exactly what did Sony pay for in creating the recordings
> that were made by Victor or Columbia in, say 1915, that they don't even
> have copies of in their own archive??? Tell me. This was even before
> Mr. Sony himself was born. If it were a BOOK it would be in Public
> Domain. If it were a MOVIE it would be in Public Domain. If it was
> almost any other country in the world it would have been in Public
> Domain since 1965, and if it was a sound recording made in 1960 it would
> be in Public Domain now. Just because in 1975 we had some of the
> stupidest and easiest legislators to buy we have a totally asinine 186
> year copyright term for sound recordings that when today's legislators
> are told this they are flabbergasted -- until they are bought by the RIAA.