February 15, 1972: Copyright Protection for Sound Recordings
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1972 – It was an overhaul to the 1909 copyright act that failed to cover sound recordings. Before 1972, each state had its own law against illegal duplication of sound recordings. For the most part, if you recorded it, you could be considered the “Intellectual owner”. Of course, common law copyright was also in play but it had to be proven without a doubt.
The new law put in place would cover sound recordings but with one major hole – anything before Feb 15, 1972 was NOT covered by this law. These cases would have to rely on the individual state that governed the original recording.
Keep in mind that this can also protect older magnetic media with computer programs from getting copied. Of course this is not much of an issue today.
Wikazine – Full show notes for February 15
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