FWIW -as mentioned in my earlier note, I think the problem is obtaining
licenses for the commercial discs included in the series. Due to
the inane copyright of sound recordings, these discs can NOT simply
be reissued. Permission and (probably a ridiculously excessive) royalty
payment is required to be paid to the majors who "own" the 78's, even though
they have done NOTHING to preserve these recording, nor even have copies
in any form.
The archival recordings from the AFS also require clearance, which may
also present some difficulties such as determining who is the rightful heir.
Certainly financing the project is an obstacle. How much work, at what
cost is needed to make these albums available vs. how much income will
they generate in sales of CD's or downloads ????
Would anyone on this list purchase a set if they were available? Did anyone
purchase the set when it was available decades ago ??
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
On 7/1/2013 8:18 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> One thing I don't understand -- assuming the master tapes for these LPs
> still exist (you'd think they would if they were always in the
> possession of the LOC), then why can't they be reissued as FLAC and MP3
> downloads via Smithsonian Folkways. It seems it wouldn't cost very much
> to digitize 1970s vintage master tapes given the vast resources of the
> LOC. They'd probably make back their digitization costs in a few years,
> sooner if they also sold downloads via iTunes and Amazon.
I was told a few years ago that such a reissue was in progress, but it
seems to have been put off, probably due to budget problems. There was a
licensing agreement with Rounder for other LoC records, but I haven't
seen any new issues of those for a while.