Labels Barely Release 1964 Dylan, Beach Boys Archive Materials Solely To Get Extended Copyrights
from the promoting-the-progress! dept
Two years ago we wrote about the very odd release, by Sony, of just 100 copies of a set of previously unreleased Bob Dylan tracks. Why so few? Well, Sony sort of revealed the secret in the name of the title. See if you can spot it:
The other major labels have been doing the same. Last year, there was a series of releases of 1963 music, including more from Dylan, along with some previously unreleased Beatles tunes (at least those were somewhat more widely available). This year, we’re getting a new crop of barely released 1964 songs including (yet again) more from Dylan, along with some from the Beach Boys as well (and some expect more Beatles tunes as well).
The Beach Boys released two copyright extension sets this week, both as downloads. The first, ?Keep an Eye on Summer: The Beach Boys Sessions 1964,? is a collection of session outtakes, including working versions and remixes of ?Fun Fun Fun,? ?Don?t Worry Baby,? ?I Get Around? and other hits, as well as live BBC recordings. The second, ?The Beach Boys Live in Sacramento 1964,? includes two full concert performances.
A spokeswoman for Universal said that the label has ?no current plans? for a Beatles release, but last year Universal and the Beatles? label, Apple, kept plans under wraps until just before ?The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963? turned up on iTunes. The group?s unreleased 1964 recordings include studio outtakes from the ?Hard Day?s Night? and ?Beatles for Sale? albums, as well as several BBC appearances and soundboard tapes of the band?s concerts in Paris, Melbourne, Adelaide, Vancouver, Philadelphia and several other cities.
At least when they’re released on iTunes, people can get them, unlike the very limited CD releases some have chosen. But, either way, this music isn’t being released for any legitimate reason. They’re solely being “released” to keep them out of the public domain. It’s difficult to see how that has anything to do with furthering the interests of the public and culture. And it certainly highlights how ridiculous the copyright extension effort from 2011 was in the first place. It doesn’t serve the public in the slightest, but it has offered up a chance for record labels to keep works out of the public domain for as long as possible.