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RE: [dvd-discuss] [Off topic] European Copyrights Expiring onRecordings From 1950's

I don't really agree, nor have you correctly characterized his position, 

It's not the making of legal recordings that he says is piracy -- it's the 
import to a place where they could not have been legally made by the same 
party. And that import can be infringement under 17 USC 602, IIRC.

I don't really have a problem with this one; for once it seems to have 
been handled acceptably. This prevents copyright holders from getting 
screwed by a country that had an ultrashort term or no copyright at all 
that exported works to places that had longer terms and were thus 
worthwhile. The copies made not for export in that country are fine, 

As interpreted, it doesn't impair first sale, and there are some good 
statutory exemptions.

On Fri, 3 Jan 2003, Dean Sanchez wrote:

> Neil Turkewitz's quote,``The import of those products would be an act of piracy'', is a classic RIAA sound bite.  In its eyes, even a legal recording is piracy if they don't make money off of it.  This is even worse than  the executive that said that leaving the room during a television commercial was stealing.  What twisted ethics the Copyright Industry has.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kurt Hockenbury [mailto:khockenb@stevens-tech.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 6:31 PM
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: [dvd-discuss] [Off topic] European Copyrights Expiring on
> Recordings From 1950's
> Record companies are upset because European copyrights are exiring.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/02/international/02CND_COPY.html
> "Copyright protection lasts only 50 years in Europe compared to 95 years in
> the United States, even if the recordings were originally made and released in
> America."
> Obviously, the US needs to "harmonize" our copyright law and change our
> expiration to 50 years.  :-)