prewar blues publishing rights?

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prewar blues publishing rights?

Postby jarthurs » Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:29 pm

Hi all - a question for all you musicians and lawyers out there:

My band, which performs exclusively pre-WWII blues (and a lot of stuff recorded as far back as the 1920s) is about to go into the studio, and we're trying to figure out what (if any) copyright issues there may be with this material. Obviously, the time limit (50/75 years?) has expired and the songs should be public domain now, but in many cases songs have been republished later - e.g. Skip James, Son House and co. have a lot of stuff published from their "rediscovery" period in the 1960s. Some contemporary artists have also published their versions of older material.

Does anyone have any experience recording this type of material and dealing with these issues? It's important for us to give credit where credit is due.

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