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Copyright Time Bomb Set to Disrupt Music, Publishing Industries


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The late ’70s, when punk exploded and disco imploded, were tumultuous years for the music industry. A time bomb embedded in legislation from that era, the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, could bring another round of tumult to the business, due to provisions that allow authors or their heirs to terminate copyright grants — or at the very least renegotiate much sweeter deals by threatening to do so.


At a time when record labels and, to a lesser extent, music publishers, find themselves in the midst of an unprecedented contraction, the last thing they need is to start losing valuable copyrights to ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s music, much of which still sells as well or better than more recently released fare. Nonetheless, the wheels are already in motion.


“The termination that’s going to be coming up is going to be a big problem for the record companies and publishers,” said attorney Greg Eveline of Eveline Davis & Phillips Entertainment Law.



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If it's not one thing , it's another. Whens it all going to stop. Might as well turn the switch off now or become a pirate. Soon you wont even be aloud to hum a tune before you get hauled off and chucked in a dark room. Or maybe it'll be a good thing with the control out off the record companys hand. The artist's might give the music away for free. Still I'm not holding my breath

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