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 Posted:   Dec 1, 2008 - 2:12 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Adding to the problem of this project is that any sound recordings made from 1959 and back will go into the Public Domain in a vast part of the world as of Jan 1,2009 (Excluding the USA and it's Territories).

That means the moment it comes out, ANYONE can release their own far less costly version using that CD as their master and there isn't anything that can be done about.

As we all know, some of our labels (Varese Club, Intrada etc) limit classic releases to just 1000 or 1500 units and the limited numbers usually sell out well before anyone could copy and release them overseas. If Varese Club's sold out CD of, say, Korngold's Magic Fire was now copied and released next week in Europe, that wouldn't make Varese's original release any less profitable.
Surely 1000 or 1500 copies of Steiner's King Richard and the Crusaders would sell out fast, and what happens after that isn't really of much consequence to the label originally issuing it.
Of course, if we're talking of releases in unlimited numbers, or quantities like 5,000, that's a different story.

 Posted:   Dec 1, 2008 - 2:23 AM   
 By:   shicorp   (Member)

On the other hand, many of these labels have noticed that these vintage soundtrack releases do not appeal to the mass market and the collectors know where to purchase the real thing. I still think that the public domain thing isn't that bad since the labels are now forced to offer quality products for the money they get. In the past, this hasn't always been the case. Also, recordings that have been unattractive for re-issues due to low demand or because they are in a legal limbo may finally be re-issued. If you are looking at it from this perspective, fifty years is a long time...

 Posted:   Dec 2, 2008 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   Logied   (Member)

Just another example of music of TIME and PLACE that has an effect on emotion and the powers that be pocket book versus legal issues.
I love it when there is a good blend of the two and FSM does it better than most.

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

This is one Gorgeous score and a terrific keepsake album!

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