When great music is silenced by law, who is truly wrong? Such is the nasty issue arising repeatedly in the low-stakes classical recording industry.
So ephemeral is music that passionate minorities who appreciate it can't believe their luck when lesser-known pieces survive multiple centuries, or when radio broadcasts by great, deceased or retired performers can still be heard — and enjoyed immensely. Yet making such music available to the public can be legally problematic. These are intellectual properties that belong to somebody else, even if that "somebody" might not know they exist or appreciate their value if they did.
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