When I saw that we are allowed to add ranges for the duration of copyrights or for publishers I thought the only practical approach would be to add the earliest known date and the latest known date, so that other editors can stretch this range according to later or earlier releases.
So I added the definite year to the release and an open range to the recordings / works:
This is not what i expexted.
So I suppose the range is meant to be a definite range. We have to know the start and the end of the rights relation to be able to use the range. Is this correct?
The problem I see is, that in this case we only can add the years of the release for every different year we find.
It might look like this:
Virgin Music (1981) [first release in MB]
Virgin Music (1984)
Virgin Music (1988)
Virgin Music (2012) [latest release in MB]
Virgin Music (?-1981-2012-?)
Or are we allowed to use the range as I was hoping?
I wanted to know if we have to add these long lists when we don’t know the definive range (which is not an easy task).
So I guess your answer implies we can’t use the range for dates we know so far. We have to find out the real start and the real end of the relationship for using this range.
I am not Copyright expert. Different lengths in different countries. 50 years I think in UK. Different in other areas. This would be a right old mess if you had to fill in ranges.
So you just get a single (p) 1988 date as you see on the album cover. I think that means: “We claim our copyright from this date”. This is some of the reasons for the reissues of albums, so they can restart those dates under the new company names.
I decided that documenting a song’s copyright or publishing history was a very bad idea, sometimes resulting in a mess nobody could understand. Check out “Lovesick Blues” on wikipedia, I wrote the sections on pub and 1949 lawsuit. I translated what I could into our db, but left out 1950-present. After original writers and publishers die or go away, who cares? If you input too much, nobody learns anything. The original pub is good, then I move on.