Library of Congress & Sony Music Team for 'National Jukebox' Free Streaming of Vintage Recordings
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @ 12:05:16 UTC

The Library of Congress is flipping a switch that will open a large chunk of the national archive of more than 3 million music and spoken-word recordings for public online streaming as part of a new National Jukebox project, a joint venture between the library and Sony Music that will give free access to thousands of Sony-controlled recordings long out of circulation because of commercial or copyright issues. Some of the 10,000 titles streamable at the new National Jukebox website have been unavailable for more than 100 years, a significant chunk of them because of complex laws controlling ownership of sound recordings, which did not become subject to federal copyright laws until 1972. Complete Article

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