Posted Aug 25, 2012 20:17 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: Copyright protection
Parent article: Mobile patent wars: Google goes on the attack
as I understand it, publication creates a new copyright on that copy.
I'm highly skeptical. Besides the fact that it creates bizarre ownership situations, it doesn't serve the purpose of copyright at all to give someone property rights just for publishing something that was already published.
For the classical music, I think you're thinking of new arrangements of the music - something with creative content. If it's just the same sheet music Beethoven wrote, I don't believe it.
It does seem like the Berne Convention changed (back in 1982) the relevance of publication in the US. When I heard something had to be published to have copyright, it was probably before that. I think the author actually had to claim copyright in those days too (hence the copyright notice found at the beginning of every book, which is mostly redundant now).
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