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Episode Info:   Sara: Welcome to an episode of copyright chat today we have a guest with us remotely—Kyra Folk-Farber. Kyra Folk-Farber is the head of the music library and chair of the library’s copyright advisory committee at the University of California Santa Barbara and she also serves as the chair of the Music Library Associations’ legislation committee. Welcome and thank you for joining us Kyra. Kyra: Thank you for having me. Sara: So today I wanted to talk to you about the Music Modernization Act. It’s been kind of a buzz in the copyright community and I’m sure in the music community as well. Can you give a rundown, a little bit, of what the Music Modernization Act entails? Kyra: Yeah, absolutely. So, there are 3 parts to the Music Modernization Act and it’s a really exciting amendment. It’s the biggest change to copyright law in decades and what it—it means different things for different people, so… and it’s the idea of the law, is that it’s sort of supposed to help a lot of different communities including musicians and including the public—public interest and including music industry folks as well so… And the way that it does that is that the first part of the act we have—it’s about licensing. And the 2nd part is the part that I really want to talk about today and that’s the Classics Protection and Access. And what that does is federalizes copyright law for pre-1972 sound recordings and gives them a public domain term. So, it used to be that pre-1972 sound recordings were under state laws, and those varied a lot, and it was a really difficult thing to figure out whether—you know—whether uses were legal. But now that they’re—those materials are federalized it means that they have federal exemptions. So, they, you can, you know apply fair use to them, you can use them in the classroom under certain conditions and libraries and archives can reproduce them under certain conditions. So that’s really, really exciting, because that that’s really good for the public, that means the public can have a lot better access to pre-1972 sound recordings and the public domain term means that at some point in the future, all of these pre-1972 sound recordings are going to go into the public domain. And that wasn’t the case before. So those are two really exciting pieces of the law for the public. Sara: So, under the law before, the state copyright laws were pretty much interminable? For those sound recordings? And so now we at least have an and date. Although, the end date is pretty far off isn’t it? Kyra: So, for some of this—so yeah—like, so, all… ultimately all of the sound recordings will go into the public domain in… I’m trying to remember the…in 2067 (that’s a long way away), but if they’re before 1923, then they’ll go into the public domain in 2021. And then if they’re before 1946 and after ’23, then they’ll go into the public domain 100 years from publication. So, there’s, you k...
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