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RCA Heritage Vinyl Pressings of Acoustic Records
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By Peter Storkerson  |  Created on 2016-04-30 03:54:11

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Generally speaking all works eventually fall out of copyright and when they do they enter that vast commons of shared material called the "public domain". However, different countries have different laws about when this happens (in this sense there can be seen, at some level, to actually be many different 'public domains').

Laws dictating when audio works fall into the public domain vary all over the world, and as such there occur situations where a work is considered to be public domain in one country but not another, but it is generally acknowledged and agreed by various laws and treaties of the world to be a period of approximately 70 years. As the 78rpm Community is a vast research hub related to 78rpm records and the history of the 78rpm era, we feature work of this old style media format which is in the public domain worldwide, and therefore it can be considered that all of the recordings displayed here are out of copyright - available from a variety of internet archives/websites and carry with them open distribution rights.


  • Vince Commino
    Vince Commino Wow! These transfers are amazing, Peter. Well done.
    June 23, 2016
  • Peter Storkerson
    Peter Storkerson Please excuse me for not responding earlier. I have been away from my computers for a while.

    I am very pleased that you like the discs, but I must admit that there were no restorations beyond click removal with Izotope RX. I transferred them at 76...  more
    June 28, 2016
  • Tom Jardine
    Tom Jardine Peter, don't you think the Heritage records were pressed from original metal parts, similar to many other reissues over the years? Addison Foster used such methods during the 50's for the Amercian Gramphone Society HMV pressings during the 50's.
    June 28, 2016
  • Peter Storkerson
    Peter Storkerson I'm just careful.I certainly think that that is the case, but I don't know for a fact. In any event, the physical evidence of of the records themselves looks conclusive to me which is why I noted it. Maybe someone else can give a clear answer. Best, Peter
    June 28, 2016