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From Michael Biel: "...That being said, I agree that 35 years is enough for
the company but I like the performer able to get it back if they or heirs
are around to profit off it, so I think they should have more than 35 years
as a person..."

Exactly! People wag their fingers at the record labels but the people who'd
get screwed all over again by a change would be the artists. The ability for
artists to get their copyrights back has been there for over thirty years.
That fact is conveniently ignored by the tech industry's endless "evil RIAA"
arguments. So is the fact that a huge percentage of masters from the '50s
and later are owned by the artists themselves. 

Something else is that for the first time we have the technology to
facilitate the granting of licenses and the collection of micro-payment
royalties for tiny quantities of obscure works. Licensing and bringing such
recordings to light is far more practical to do today than it has ever been
before.

Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!
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