January 03, 2003
Elvis in the Public Domain? Oui!

Copyright protection for many recording artists from the 1950s is about to fall off in Europe, allowing their works to enter the public domain in the EU. This brings up all sorts of issues, like what to do about European import CDs sold at many US record stores, advertising uses of the music and American companies being forced to work with smaller bootleg companies. This particular era of music represents a time when the recording industry went through rapid technological innovation producing recordings far more sophisticated than in the past, both in content and style, and so the resulting 1950s music is far more marketable now.

For more info, see Dennis Karjala's chart comparing copyright protection in the US and the EU for various kinds of works.

Posted by Mary Hodder at January 03, 2003 09:21 AM
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