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Aging rockers set to lose rights on early hits?


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First, that only covers the soundrecording (SR) rights covering a particular recording, not performing arts (PA) rights covering the composition. PA rights are 70 years after the owners death (earlier it was 50 years after owner's death). I'm not quite sure how this applies to corporations owning PA rights, since corporations don't necessarily die.


When SR rights die, we can distribute the recording but we still need permission from the PA rights owner (e.g., songwriter).


But here's a funny quote from the article:

Industry bodies like the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) argue that the failure to extend protection on old hits will jeopardise investment in future talent.
That's a laugh -- when was the last time the record industry was investing with a horizon over 50 years!


Oil companies worry about long term when drilling, since most sites today have an investment horizon of at least 30 years. (As a result, the industry is one of the most responsive to ecological concerns, btw.)


But for a music recording? Well, maybe for classical music.


Interesting article, though; thanks for posting.

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I'm sure the "industry" will fight tooth and nail in order to protect those sound recordings.


Yet, they have no problem with finding ways to circumvent paying those very same recording artists.



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