>I have what for me is the most magnificent performance ever given of
>the Shostakovich 8th Symphony. It features Koussevitzky conducting the
>Boston Symphony. Fortunately now, in Europe, it can be released. The
>cost of releasing it here in the US would, as far as I know, require
>permission from the Boston Symphony... Objectively, it seems to me
>that the BSO is entitled to it rights...yet, who wins? The orchestra
>gets nothing when it could get some negotiated percentage of the net,
>and those who might find value in the Koussevitzky performance can't
>hear it, unless it is released in Europe and then they can buy it via
>Amazon UK and have it shippped to them in the US...I hear it is scheduled
to be released in Europe. Stupid laws.
I take it from this that it is legal in the US to own a CD which
contravenes US copyright, as long as it was not bought in the US.
If that's the case, the laws are indeed stupid!