If you're of hippie generation, you've no doubt noticed a surge in re-releases of the music you grooved to back in the day. After all, savvy marketers understand the pull of nostalgia when it comes to influencing consumers' buying decisions. But this particular sonic trip down memory lane is far less about nostalgia than it does with copyright law.
The real reason we're seeing a surge in 1960s re-releases is that the European Union in 2012 extended copyright on music recordings from 50 to 70 years. But the extension applies only to material originally released within the past 50 years. Today, music that hit the airwaves in the mid 1960 is on that cusp of copyright eligibility. So, labels are releasing limited quantities of their holdings from that era in an effort to extend their copyright protection, but assure the works remain rare. Some are limiting new releases to digital downloads.
Among the recent rereleases is a limited-edition collection of 1962 outtakes by Bob Dylan, released last year and aptly titled, The Copyright Extension Collection, Vol. 1. A second set of previously unreleased 1963 recordings soon followed. Next is the upcoming release of a nine-LP set of Dylan recordings from 1964. Sony is making available just 1,000 copies of the set, which reportedly will feature live concert recordings, television show performances and recording session outtakes.
Other recent releases include two from the Beach Boys - Keep an Eye on Summer: The Beach Boys Sessions 1964 and The Beach Boys Live in Sacramento 1964; and The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963, which turned up practically unannounced on iTunes.
If you own copyrighted recordings from the 1960s era, make sure your protections remain in place by calling Orlando's Daniel Law Offices at 866-37PATENT.