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There’s nothing with a bigger “grey area” than old production music. Over 40 years in the biz I’ve accumulated a lot of production tracks. Some were copies of others copies, some are on reels, thousands on vinyl, tons on CD, some over 60 years old, some were buyouts with no specific licensing agreements or stipulations, tons are from companies who are long out of business, many didn’t have copyrights renewed when they had to in the late 50’s and 60’s when this was required (it’s material from that window in time that winds up in the 99 cent DVD bins, and CD after CD of “oldies” on sale for practically free).
As a “musician” I also participated in a group of others of like mind that produced tons of production music which was all dumped into a common pool to be used by all who contributed to the group. I have thousands of these tracks. SAdly that group broke up last year.
I know that of all the commercial radio stations in this market, two of which I work for, there are doezns and dozens of libraries in use, many very old, and all are shared among stations as we often share or exchange produced ads which include the production music, even though the other station may have never been licensed for those tracks.
Many production libraries available on buyout plans only required that you were a BMI/ASCAP or SESAC licensed station. Many libraries were available on a trade basis for playing ads.
I believe as long as your using material that is not a current library from a current maker you’ll never have a problem. Consider, for examply, you’re using a track from the CAT library from 1984. First, someone would have to notice, then be able to identify the track they hear. Out of probably 10 million tracks over the last 70 years that in itself is nearly impossible. Then they would have to contact you, because the company that made the library is long gone, and challange your right to use it. Between buy outs, licenses, spot exchange options and all the others, it just couldn’t wind up being a real issue, unless I say, you’re using something currently licensed.
Carl- I have an awful lot of vinyl production stuff that I digitized over the years! I used to catagorize it, make track inserts for the CD boxes, the whole thing. Of course, now I don’t even organize my digital tracks! LOL.
Tim in Bovey