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At 03:48 PM 1/16/2003 -0500, James L Wolf wrote:
>    The only hope that remains for the American Public Domain in the
>near future is competition from Europe and other markets. If Congress
>sees that American companies, archives and institutions are at a
>disadvantage to their European counterparts, they may decide to put an
>end to this madness. But this hasn't stopped them so far. European
>companies may freely re-issue classic American jazz and country music
>and this does not seem to have an effect on Congress. Rather the big
>companies are, from what I hear, attempting to shut down  Europe's
>Public Domain.
>    What can be done in this situation?

That hope is already fulfilled. Companies such as Naxos, the largest
publisher of classical music in the world, issue recordings compliant with
European copyright which are simply not sold in the U.S. They can be
purchased from dealers around the world over the Internet, by post or
telephone. They can be shipped into the U.S. without constraint. In short,
the only people who are punished by the law as it stands are U.S.
retailers; the only people inconvenienced are U.S. purchasers.

Unless it becomes illegal to "import" such recordings - and appropriate
enforcement is instituted - the law is counterproductive. I would like to
see some of Disney's materials republished by others under international
law and made accessible in ways similar to those of classical recordings.
Then perhaps even the company most clearly responsible for what promises to
be perpetual copyright will see the light.

Mike
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