....basically we're saying that some old tunes are now available in the public domain on the original format they were recorded from without having to pay mechanical copyright (but having to pay publishing)
However - I can't see how this would actually affect record companies.....they hold the actual physical tape in a vault right?....one can't demand they release that physical tape - it's their physical property right(covered under different laws of ownership)?
- Also - with the re-issues they are arguing that this constitutes a "new" recording - so has 50 years of rights to defend it..I suppose if a company spends £££ on remastering and remixing in 5.1 etc etc then they should have a mechanical copyright on that re-mix...they have paid for it..
Therefore one can only theoretically copy without paying mechanical copyright music from an original format LP? - How many of us have 50 year old records?
I think the companies will get away with this....they are certainly not going to open the doors to their vaults...so ithink it's actually going to be a non-issue...am i wrong?