Friday, April 08, 2005

The Common Law Applies to Recording Industry Rights?

From the article:
New York's highest court ruled Tuesday that common law protects a record company's copyright on recordings made prior to 1972 — a decision that could have industrywide ramifications for everything from Bach to the Beatles. That lawsuit involved Franklin, Tenn.-based Naxos of America Inc., which restored and marketed 1930s classical records made in England by another company, The Gramaphone Co. Limited, after the 50-year British copyright had expired. Hollywood, Calif.-based Capitol Records Inc., which currently holds the rights to those recordings, sued.
They won on appeal. "Naxos, which bills itself as 'the world's leading classical music label,' said it would appeal." Click here for the text of the Court's opinion.