If I want to sing songs like " My old man said follow the van" or " If you were the only girl in the world" at the pub, instead of feeding the jukebox with pound coins, who would I have to pay for the privilege?
On Sunday, 12 January 2020 16:30:15 UTC, nightjar wrote:
"In the UK, copyright in the musical work and the literary work (if relevant) will last for the life of the creator, plus 70 years. If the work was created jointly, it will last for 70 years after the death of the last surviving creator."
100 years might, or might not be old enough. Further, if the arrangement is newer...
Not a problem for 'My old man said follow the van died'. The composer of
'If you were the only girl in the world' died in 1952, although, so far
as I can find, nobody still claims the copyright to the 1916 version.
Later arrangements do have copyright holders listed.
In reality though, there is not an issue as the backing track used seems to
be all part of the service these days.
If you wanted to release it though and make dosh that way, then I'd imagine
you would need to be more careful, legally.
Its interesting to note that New Zealand seems to have verry liberal
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