Depending where in the world


Depending where in the world you are – 50 years or 75 years after the original rights owner’s death.

So at 25 years, it still belongs to somebody, and needs clearance. The law sometimes changes, as when suddenly George Gershon music was open season, then the law changed and 25 years added. If he was paid to produce these – then depending on his contract, he could have assigned the rights to the commissioner, or he could have licensed them. If this is the case, you just need to check. Sometimes nowadays, they add in perpetuity in any territory to the terms – as in forever, wherever!

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