Since I just sent this as part of a similar thread on 78-L, I'll just copy the text here... The sad thing about these "perpetual copyrights" (which may indeed be the next step?) is that they apply universally, and all too often put corporate copyright-holders in the position to play "dog in the manger"...i.e. "we're not going to reissue (or whatever) this, but we have the copyright and will thus make sure YOU don't!" This makes an ever- increasing portion of our heritage inaccessible to anyone who might otherwise be interested in it, and thus places it in an effective permanent limbo. I have always thought that continuance of copyright should be dependent on the copyrighted material being made available to the public in some way...that is, for recordings, the copyright would expire upon the recording not being in the active catalog. ...stevenc --- comment ca?