[f_minor] Copyright

Brett Allen-Bayes brettab at ihug.com.au
Thu Dec 23 15:36:32 EST 2010

The reason that copyright expires is because the cut off date is fifty years
after the release of the recording. So the reason that we see the early GG
recordings on other labels (NAXOS etc.) - for example, the Goldbergs  is
because copyright elapsed in 2005, fifty years after its initial release in
1955. This is the reason why the early Callas recordings for EMI are now
being issued on obscure labels and I guess the reason why Stravinsky revised
his earlier work so often. In some countries like Italy the copyright period
is only 20 or 25 years and this is the reason why many 60s pop discs are
available on obscure European labels at bargain prices and have been for
some time. Hope this helps. 



From: f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org [mailto:f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org]
On Behalf Of pzumst
Sent: Friday, December 24, 2010 4:57 AM
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Copyright


G'day all


I am also not the sharpest pen in the box, at least when it omes to legal
matters. How can that copyright expire ?


GG was a canadian subject who had signed contracts with canadian and
american companies. The copyright in Canada is lifetime + 50 yrs, in the
U.S. it is lifetime + 70 yrs, thanks to Mickey Mouse and pals. And just you
wait till ACTA hits the town or canadian Parliament will ratify the current
Copyright Act (which does not include mp3 players for example but includes
taxes on blank CD's)


Most of the material that GG recorded was out of copyright (public domain in
the US for works before 1923, orphan works or where someone "forgot" to
renew the Copryright), his recordings represent his own ideas, thougts and
interpretations and can therefore be considered original (canadian copyright
law is vague there as I understand it) and are de facto copright, right ? At
least he would have the coyright as arrangeur or for certain transcriptions
he made.


His original works (i. e. IoN) are subject to copyright in any case, same
with 20 c composers. I fail to see how Sony can "loose" the copyright to GG
material, why not simply renew it ? Or have I mssed the bus here ? 


Who actually "owns" Glenn Gould these days in legal terms ? Which
jurisdiction applies here, canadian or american or both ?  Or what ? Law is
confusing, at least Shakespeare had a good idea how to solve that...




From: maryellen jensen <mailto:maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com>  

Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:37 PM

To: f_minor at glenngould.org 

Subject: [f_minor] RS3 / GG Edition


 Mark, would you please tell us the story of where and how you came across
the famous Hallmark pressing and how much you paid for it? Was it an
Antiques Roadshow moment? Did your hands shake while you paid pennies for
it? Do you have a turntable at home?

Michael, I went to the local "good" music shop (Musique Hug) to inquire
about the Sony GG Edition. I mentioned before that there are still plenty in
the shop but certainly not the full collection... so, I asked about it and
was informed that because the copyrights are now expiring Sony will not be
reissuing the GG Edition as such. Then I remembered a message to F Minor
from Brad Lehman some months ago making the same announcement about Sony
copyright. (I never said I was the brightest spark in the campfire...). 

 While at the music shop I found this 'on the racks':


The company "Membran" has more Gould offerings if you look around their
website, they're German by the way. Nice website too. 

Oh - go here for a bazaar atmosphere:


 It must have been mentioned here before but the Melodiya cd of Gould in
Moscow became available in shops here (Suisse) in Fall 2009:


 I saw the Melodiya Van Cliburn in Moscow available on cd as well. 




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