Old Radio Copyrights

OldRadioWorld.com does not have ownership over copyrights to any radio shows on our site. The show copyrights are believed to be expired. We try and ensure that these shows are expired through our research.

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Below are some quotes showing Old Radio Show copyright are not covered.

Radio shows created before January 1, 1978 are protected by the Copyright Act of 1909 rather than the Copyright Act of 1976 ( http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#hlc ) because according to case law any copyright determinations must be made according the copyright law as it existed before that date. Assuming the old time radio shows were in the public domain from from the Copyright Act of 1909, the update of 1976 could not suddenly place them under copyright because they were already in the public domain, and the status of a public domain work is not allowed to ever be reversed.