The purpose of the Copyright Office hearing was to hear from all sides on issues related to pre-1972 Copyrights. The main issues were music preservation initiatives and whether pre-1972 sound recording copyrights should be included under Federal copyright law. Pre-1972 sound recording copyrights are not currently covered under Federal Copyright Law, and if they are Federalized, what uses should be allowed and what copyright terms should be amended.
A2IM had previously filed comments with the U.S. Copyright Office in February 2011, with members Larry Blake of Concord and Mark Jenkins of Countdown Media participating in the filing. (Read full filing here.) At the Copyright Office hearing A2IM reiterated its position that pre-1972 Copyrights should continue to be governed under the various state laws prohibiting unauthorized duplication, which state laws grant copyright protect thru 2067, thus giving creators and those that invest in the creation of our culturally diverse music a continued incentive to bring catalog recordings to market because of the ability to earn a return on their investments during the changing music economic landscape.