by Mike Masnick
Thu, Aug 26th 2010 7:26am
Plenty of old school classical music is in the public domain, obviously (hell, many of the most famous pieces were created in an era before copyright). But, of course, the copyright on the composition is only one issue. The actual sound recordings made by orchestras gets a separate copyright, and those are probably locked up for ages. However, it appears some classical music archivists are trying to do something about this. The EFF points us to the news that Musopen has set up a Kickstarter page to raise money "to hire an internationally renown orchestra to record and release the rights to: the Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky symphonies." That is, if they can raise the money necessary ($11,000), they'll hire an orchestra, record those public domain symphonies and then release the copyright on the sound recordings to the public domain as well. Definitely seems like a worthy cause for classical music lovers, though, it also serves as a reminder of the difficulty of actually getting works into the public domain these days.
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