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Cut off year when songs are no longer protected by copyright?

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rleybaCut off year when songs are no longer protected by copyright?
by on Jan 3, 2005 at 9:32:08 pm

I remember someone mentioning to me that songs beyond X number of years are no longer copyrighted and can be freely used in event videos. Would anyone advise what the threshold year is?

I need to do a birthday video and was thinking of using any of the following songs as background music but want to work out the legalities before I do so:

1. Up Up and away (would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon)

2. Alphabet song -- (A- you're adorable, B-you're so beautiful)

3. What a wonderful world (Armstrong with a re-make by Kenny G).

My next question is, if the artists have remaked the song, such as the "wonderful world" re-popularized by Kenny G., is his version copyrighted?

What is copyright actually protecting? The song itself or an artist's version of the song?

Many thanks for any advice.



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David JonesRe: Cut off year when songs are no longer protected by copyright?
by on Jan 3, 2005 at 9:53:27 pm

Unless they have changed the law,
Works originally created on or after January 1, 1978: copyright protection will endure for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. In the case of a joint work, the term lasts for 70 years after the last surviving author's death. For anonymous and pseudonymous works and works made for hire, the term will be 95 years from the year of first publication or 120 years from the year of creation, whichever expires first.

Works originally created before January 1, 1978, but not published or registered by that date: the term endures for life of the author plus 70 years, but in no case will expire earlier than December 31, 2002. If the work is published before December 31, 2002, the term will not expire before December 31, 2047.


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rleybaRe: Cut off year when songs are no longer protected by copyright?
by on Jan 5, 2005 at 9:02:16 am

David.....message received. Many thanks for this info.



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Bob VickRe: Cut off year when songs are no longer protected by copyright?
by on Jan 5, 2005 at 4:28:30 pm

[rleyba] "What is copyright actually protecting? The song itself or an artist's version of the song? "

http://www.pdinfo.com/

Long debated issue. Hope this helps.

b



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