On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 8:14 PM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Of course, if this recording had been made in the U.S. it would still be
> under copyright until the year 2067....

It gets even better.  Take the following case:

In 1878, scientific journals in the United States and England published a
set of photographic sound recordings made in Rhode Island by Eli Whitney
Blake, Jr., of the phrases "how do you do?" and "Brown University" -- the
earliest audibly recognizable recordings of spoken English phrases, as far
as I'm aware, although you might not know what the phrases were if you
weren't told in advance.

Is it a violation of copyright to duplicate and distribute those *images* --
since they *are* sound recordings (even if unplayable in that form)?  Or
should Google Books have to block access to those pages?

Conversely, in Europe is a sound spectrogram published in 1946 technically
in the public domain because it's a sound recording format?

 - Patrick