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From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
> This popped up in my CBC news feed, but the Winnipeg Free Press had more 
> details.
>
> http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/u-of-m-rejects-massive-donation-of-recordings-90816414.html
>
> The University of Manitoba first accepted and then rejected a donation of 
> 56,500 discs. Some points in the article don't seem to hold up (like dates 
> and record types), but here is a collection of 56,500 discs dating back to 
> 1913 that appears to be looking for a home. The collection apparently 
> stops about 1990.
>
It would appear to be a large collection of LP's, with a few 78's, and
is mostly reissues of older material...?! The interesting thing is that
the university seems to be ignorant of Canadian copyright law...any
sound recording fixed before 1/1/1960 is now in the public domain
here in Canada (although it has never been clearly established
whether the issue of a "processed" recording re-starts the
"copyright clock"...?!).

The problem is that very few university music departments display
any interest in popular music (except Bowling Green, in Ohio and
UCSB (Ca) which has expressed interest in acquiring my half-vast
shellac archive...?!). To me, this huge vinyl archive has an inherent
cultural value; that fact should make it worth owning and studying...?!

Steven C. Barr