My understanding of the law is that in Europe recordings lose their copyright after 50 years, hence the explosion in jazz and classical reissues from the 1950s. But the law was apparently changed so that beginning in Nov 2013 there was a 20 year extension. So I'm curious because if all of that is true, why do almost all reissues stop at 1960? Doesn't that mean that a good part of the most famous RCA Living Stereo, Mercury Living Presence, Blue Note Jazz, and 3/4 of the famous Solti Ring Cycle recordings have become legal to be reissued in Europe? Does anyone know what the state of the industry rules are at the moment?
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4/16/14 at 5:49am