Comment on the following:
... 'historical live music performances should be preserved by the LOC , but with copyright releases so they are available to those paying
for their preservation ...'
I can speak only for the VOA collection at LC. The terms for recording musical performances by VOA stated that their use was solely for non-commerical transmission overseas, excluding Canada. Each artist and interested party granted a gratis waiver to VOA under those conditions. Neither VOA nor LC can speak to any rights in these performances because they don't own them. We should be grateful to LC for accepting and preserving the VOA donations when other Federal institutions at the time did not.