This court case may be of interest regarding pre 1962 CR recordings, thus your vhs vintage recordings.
ABS Entertainment vs CBS Radio, US District court, Case EV 6257PA
This essentially says that pre 1972 recordings that have been digitized, edited, enhanced, modified are considered new works, thus not subject to local copyright at the time of original CR.
On Jul 22, 2016, at 8:36 AM, Jones, Randye wrote:
> A colleague sent me this article:
> Last Known VCR Maker Stops Production, 40 Years after VHS Format Launch
> along with a question about whether this opens up the legitimate copying of VHS not available on other formats.
> He raised a question that's been debated on various discussion lists. I suspect that some will attempt to preserve those VHS recordings unavailable on other formats, just as they have been preserving LP and other audio recordings.
> (Personally, I feel the same way as those who appreciate VHS releases when I listen to some analog audio recordings that have been digitized or watch most films that have been colorized, especially film noire.)
> Our library have been intentionally replacing VHS recordings with DVD for at least the past three years, but this will not address those recordings that aren't available in a digital format. Considering the quantity of VHS still in our collections, keeping working players in-house is going to become an even more challenging, but necessary, effort.
> How are you addressing this, both from a copyright standpoint and an access to equipment issue?
> Sorry for a weighty question on a Friday, but my hanks for your comments.
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