Naxos Pulls Historical Recordings From Stores in Copyright Settlement

Classic Arts News   Naxos Pulls Historical Recordings From Stores in Copyright Settlement
The independent record label Naxos has asked stores to remove some of its historical recordings from their shelves and return them, a spokesman for the label confirmed today.

The recall is part of a settlement with Capitol Records stemming from a copyright-infringement case that Capitol had filed against Naxos.

The case revolved around Naxos's reissues of recordings released by the British label Gramophone in the 1930s featuring Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, and others. Gramophone is now part of EMI/Capitol.

The recordings were not protected by British copyright, which expires after 50 years, or by U.S. federal copyright, which does not apply to recordings made before 1972. But Capitol asserted in U.S. federal court that its copyright had been infringed under New York State common law—the body of unwritten civil law created by court rulings. A New York court found in April that Capitol did hold copyright under New York State law, but the settlement was reached before the federal court issued a ruling.

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