Are you talking about the copyright of the musical composition or a sound
recording?  Thom Pease

On Aug 13, 2011 2:53 AM, "Peter Charuza" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I know from the outset this topic is tread on thin ice and seems to be
constantly changing.

 I'm currently looking to confirm if certain a certain big band instrumental
has been put in the public domain so that I may use it in a film I'm
producing. If anyone has gone through a similar experience what is the best
bet to get confirmation on copyright status? I know the song was recorded in
1948, rather late so it makes me a bit nervous. It's not a big name band,
but what is the out look for this music do ya think?

For instance is something like Tommy Dorsey's I'll Never Smile Again, been
taken and wrapped up in the Record Label's seemingly perpetual copyright of
good sell-able classics?

Most people I speak with feel its not worth using known probable public
domain music, they prefer original compositions or modern indie music. My
feelings reside that its a large resource of beautiful recordings that
shouldn't be tread on. How can I tap into it, with out ending up in the
legal gutter?

Peter Charuza