Library of Congress November 3, 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Copyright Office; Federal Copyright Protection of Sound Recordings Fixed Before February 15, 1972
Document Number: 2010-27775
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
Congress has directed the Copyright Office to conduct a study on the desirability and means of bringing sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, under Federal jurisdiction. Currently, such sound recordings are protected under a patchwork of State statutory and common laws from their date of creation until 2067. This notice requests written comments from all interested parties regarding Federal coverage of pre-1972 sound recordings. Specifically, the Office seeks comments on the likely effect of Federal protection upon preservation and public access, and the effect upon the economic interests of rights holders. The Office also seeks comments on how the incorporation of pre-1972 sound recordings into Federal law might best be achieved.