May 8, 2013

The problem with historical recordings

Caricature of Caruso making a record- drawn by himself 

I am very sorry that Neal's Historical Recordings, which has been in the right hand column for more than a year, will no longer be available to my readers. Its all about copyright law, plain and simple. Congress changed copyright law not that long ago to the benefit of the recording industry with little thought regarding the preservation of historical recordings, the result being historical recording enthusiasts are loath to share their passion publicly for fear of legal consequences. Until Congress restores 'public domain,' historical recordings will not longer be accessible to the public. For more details, I encourage you to read this article by Tim Brooks of The Association for Recorded Sound Collections.  

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