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In a message dated 10/4/2005 2:33:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
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As I understand
it, it would be the users, not Google, who would be violating
copyright...at least this is how it works with 51-year-old
recordings, which are off copyright in Canada but not in the US!

OTOH, I'm not a copyright lawyer...

Steven C. Barr
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It is not clear to me that I am the one violating copyright if I buy a 
release of a 51 year old recording from a Canadian vendor or if I download a 51 year 
old book from an Australian website.

Of course the vendor or site owner may prohibit such distribution to protect 
themselves but it is up to them to enforce such a prohibition or at least to 
make it clear that they don't support distribution in those countries that 
restrict it.

Of course I can't redistribute this material in the country in which it is 
illegal to do so without permission.

OTOH, I'm not a copyright lawyer...

Mike Csontos