I just finished audio restoration for a client who recorded an LP 60 years
ago. He owns the original copyright and all the rights (including
publishing) associated with this LP. I digitized the vinyl, did the
appropriate cleaning up with RX5, and a bit of mastering to top it off.
Sounds good, everybody is happy.
However at the end of the project, the client was adamant that I sign him a
"release" stating that I was not the owner of this new digitized version of
his LP. He had read somewhere that if a recording that is out of copyright,
is digitized and cleaned up and rereleased, then the person or company
doing this restoration is now the owner of the copyright.
I have been doing audio restoration for 20 years now and that is a first
for me. Yes I did sign the release (otherwise he wasn't paying me).
Anyone else have that situation ?