Bob Olhsson wrote:

> >I hope details will be forthcoming, especially if they can serve as a
> >badly needed licensing model for US companies.
> >
> There are no US companies for the early stuff and little need for a licensing model because Sony/BMG owns everything EMI doesn't and they both own a lot of it jointly. Universal kicks in during the '30s.

Nope..Universal owns Brunswick's pre-1932 catalog so it goes back to the late 1910s whether it knows it or not.

> Independent label ownership only begins in the '40s when the last of the electrical recording patents expired.

Crown, Hit of the Week, Grey Gull are among the more prominent independent labels and as far as I know, all are orphaned (despite the claims that Crown went to Oberstein and everything Obie owned became part
of Savoy).