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Thanks for the clarification

>> Just to add that the price isn't just set in effect by the record companies. The music publishers also have a major role. <<

Thanks for the clarification, as I forgot about the publishers. Copyright law comes into play with the publishers, and to complicate things further that varies not only from country to country, but also over time within a single country as legislators change their minds (usually due to bribery from the vested interests). My understanding is that US law states that any *unreleased* music automatically loses copyright protection 50 years after the date of performance.

That is the reason for the recent spate of massive box sets of previously unreleased music - including the recent Sergeant Pepper's remix. We are approaching the 50th anniversary of the performances. My understanding is that all of these additional outtakes would have no copyright protection unless released within the 50-year window. There are many other similar releases being prepared for release for the very same reason, including Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, et cetera, et cetera.

The entire existing system is quite cumbersome. Likely set up by attorneys, as it seems they are the ones that always benefits from copyright disputes.

Strictly my personal opinion and not that of my employer, associates, or poker-buddies.


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