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Library of Congress Warns of Music Copyright Disaster

Mises blog post by Jeff Tucker:

Library of Congress Warns of Music Copyright Disaster

October 13, 2010 by Jeffrey Tucker

The law is dooming old recordings because of absurd restrictions on reproduction, says the Library of Congress.

“All U.S. recordings, both commercially released and unpublished, created before February 15, 1972, are protected by a complex network of disparate state civil, criminal, and common laws,” the study explains. The consequence is that all sounds recordings made before 1972 will have their copyright expire in 2067 – 95 years after the placement of these recordings under federal protection in 1972. This means that the oldest sound recordings in the US dating from 1890, will only enter the public domain after 177 years. …

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