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Does anyone have any idea what percentage of commercially-produced 78's are
now in the PD? When, for instance, CBS/Sony re-issues Duke Ellington 78's as
multi-CD collections, are those now re-copyrighted for 50+ years? And what
about that guy Joe Buzzard down in Maryland -- is he just flying under the
radar or is it perfectly legit for him to reissue all of his obscure blues,
country and bluegrass 78's? He comes off as a somewhat goofy collector, but
I get the sense he's a very shrewd business man too, and I wouldn't be
surprised if his venture is pretty profitable even though it seems
labor-intensive. I've read several interviews with him, but he never
squarely addresses the copyright issue except to say he's never been pursued
or prosecuted.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karl Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 9:17 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Curatorial Responsibility, formerly Copyright of
treasures


> On Thu, 6 Oct 2005, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>
> > What about the sell-off and destruction of many of the runs of old
> > newspapers that Nicholson Baker documents in "Double Fold"? Including
> > a set of a major NY Newspaper that had been presented by the publisher.
>
> And, what really gets my goat...here, instead of having a record sale, I
> was forced into selling off duplicate 78s in a single lot. Not all of it
> was great, but some of the items were of value. About 5,000 discs sold for
> $10. I just don't understand the thinking.
>
> Karl