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Re: Headword for unfretted-strings

From: Reinhold Kainhofer
Subject: Re: Headword for unfretted-strings
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 15:10:46 +0200
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Am Dienstag, 7. Oktober 2008 schrieb Risto Vääräniemi:
> 2008/10/7 Jonathan Kulp <address@hidden>:
> > Oh man, I really don't know about the copyright.  If it was published in
> > 1905, then it's in p.d. in the U.S.
> In Europe (European Economic Area) the term of copyright ends when the
> author has been dead for more than 70 years. Ravel died in December
> 28, 1937 so almost 71 years has passed since his death. Based on that
> Ravel's music should be PD. If Valentin has more accurate information,
> feel free to correct me.

It's true that in most of the European countries (and many other countries 
around the world) Ravel's works become public domain on January 1, 2008. 
However, as far as I know (but then, IANAL) France is a little exception in 
that it does NOT count the years of the 2nd World War towards these 70 years 
for authors, who served in the war, so Ravel is apparently still protected in 
France (see also the English Wikipedia article, but not in hardly any 
other country. However, we want to distribute lilypond also in France, so we 
have to abide by their copyright laws, too.


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