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US Library of Congress: Copyright Is Destroying Historic Audio

From the you’re-telling-us dept.

The report also highlights the problems posed by the rather complicated history of US copyright law. “All U.S. recordings, both commercially released and unpublished, created before February 15, 1972, are protected by a complex network of disparate state civil, criminal, and common laws,” the study explains.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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Ars Technia on Indie Filmmakers’ P2P Lawsuits

It’s not just for the MPAA anymore. Lots of these films probably made more from the lawsuits than they did in the theater.

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Music Publishers Want Royalties For 30 Second Song Samples

Not a story from the Onion. I don’t know where to start on this, I really don’t.

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TechCrunch Reports last.fm DID Give User Data to the RIAA

More exactly, CBS (Last.fm’s parent company) got this user data by not telling Last.fm they were going to turn it over. Last.fm responded to TechCrunch’s initial allegation with a blog post titled “TechCrunch are full of shit.”

I wonder how Last.fm feel about the acquisition right now.