[f_minor] Copyright

pzumst pzumst at bluewin.ch
Thu Dec 23 13:27:15 EST 2010

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 
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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