Tag Archives: CLASSICS Act

Copyright in music webinar now available

1700s classical music trio - piano, cello, mandolin

An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Copyright in music and sound recordings: introduction and legislative update” is now available. Originally broadcast on September 7, 2017, presenter Eric Harbeson, music special collection librarian at University of Colorado-Boulder, introduced us to singular and confounding aspects of music copyright—compulsory licensing, state protection of sound recordings, how one song recording has numerous copyrights, ... Read More »

The classics live forever

This summer, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3301, the “Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society Act,” also known as the CLASSICS Act (impressive acronym!). Music librarians have been talking about pre-1972 sound recordings for some time. A quirk in U.S. copyright law, sound recordings were not awarded copyright protection ... Read More »