Someone asked: Do I think it’s OK to download a vintage jazz tune on YouTube
, recorded in 1934 by bandleader Ted Lewis, for use in a podcast?
True, White Heat
was recorded 87 years ago and is easy to download elsewhere on the internet
. But my view: Not OK
. Or at least, probably not. Which is the same thing in practice. 🙁
While copyright can be a minefield, it exists for a good reason and my advice is always: only use audio (or video or images or any other media) if you have permission.
Don’t worry … there are plenty of places online where you DO have permission and can legally download and use music for free. Some of my favourites are at the end 😊
Back to our friend Ted. I have a few alarm bells ringing. In the UK, to quote the PRS
: “Copyright lasts for a period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.
In the US, recent legislation says that music recorded and released between 1923 and 1956 does not enter the public domain for 95 years
. The Public Domain Information website
doesn’t mince its words: “Sound Recording Rule of Thumb: There are essentially NO Sound Recordings in the Public Domain in the USA.”