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Thread #169395   Message #4094021
Posted By: GUEST,Rossey
20-Feb-21 - 04:41 PM
Thread Name: rules for English/Scottish Copyrights
Subject: RE: rules for English/Scottish Copyrights
As others state, copyright in songs in the UK is life + 70 years after the death of the author composer - and if valid arrangements of trad. works can hold a copyright if they are distinctive enough to have some originality. In terms of recordings rather than songs copyright is 70 years post publication. Anything pre-1963 recording wise (not song wise), is out of UK copyright (though this is not stopping recording companies making money out of recordings that are in effect public domain).