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The leaves are falling, and the old records are calling...


Long-time listeners may notice that I've been concentrating more on the 1920's lately, and not so much on the 30's and 40's. This is because I had another run-in with the Keystone Kopyright Kops, and I'm trying not to tread on their too-sensitive toes. Thanks to the late and unlamented Sonny Bono and his Draconian copyright law extension, posting any tunes from after 1928 is like walking through a minefield. However, there's plenty of good music in the early period, and I've got it!

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Comment by Pilsner Panther on November 4, 2012 at 12:46am

For that (at least in the U.S.), you can thank the recording and movie industries (particularly "Big Mouse," i.e. Disney), and the late, unlamented Congressman Sonny Bono, who was their hired gun in extending copyrights all the way back to 1928. Why? For what might seem to most people to be a very silly reason: the copyright on Mickey Mouse was about to expire. But for Disney, millions of dollars and the control of their corporate symbol were at stake. I couldn't care less about Mickey Mouse, but the ripple effect on everything else has been horrible.

My personal feeling on copyrights (all copyrights), is that they should expire right along with the original creator. So if the law went like that, Disney would have lost control of Mickey way back in 1966! Obviously, an intolerable situation that they never would have stood for. But that's enough— because every time I discuss this subject, my blood pressure goes up.

Comment by Blake "Blakesby" Canham-Bennett on November 3, 2012 at 11:00pm

I have absolutely no pickle with mostly 1920s.

Copyright laws these days are quite ridiculous though, unfortunately.

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