Thanks for writing back, Doug. I'll check in Bear Family's website to see what other interesting info I may find.
Regarding my project, I'm hoping to avoid putting anyone off in part by pointing readers to the original sources and to reissues (and reissue labels like Bear Family, Yazoo, etc.).
On Sep 18, 2011, at 8:40 AM, Doug Pomeroy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi John,
> The analysis was not by me - I think I found it on the Bear Family web site.
> I don't know the name of "the other" German company. It could be Document,
> altho I believe they are technically located in Austria.
> I have no advice for anyone, except to say that music issued by "defunct labels"
> is usually considered the property of some existing label... I think it is possible
> to use a short segment of a recording without license (20 seconds?), but I'm not
> sure about this.
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> On Sep 18, 2011, at 12:00 AM, ARSCLIST automatic digest system wrote:
>> Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:07:17 -0500
>> From: John Schwab <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Copyright law. Europe
>> What can you tell me about Document? Are they the other German company to wh=
>> ich you referred?=20
>> I'm working on a guitar instruction project that will include a CD with per=
>> formances originally released in the '20s and '30s by defunct labels. I may p=
>> rovide truncated versions rather than full length. Do you have any advice re=
>> garding potential copyright liability?
>> Thanks! I really appreciate your analysis of Bear Family vs. JSP.=20