Talk:GLAM/Newsletter/November 2020/Contents/Germany report

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The U.S. Marine Symphony Orchestra has released recordings. Being works of the United States Government, I would assume their recordings are in the public domain, subject of course to any underlying copyrights of the music itself.

I guess technically being in the public domain isn't the same as being released under a free license but it's close enough. Davidwr (talk) 17:05, 29 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks, Davidwr, you are correct that the U.S. Marine Symphony Orchestra's performances do qualify as "government works" under U.S. copyright law in certain circumstances, but the U.S. Marine Corps have never released any recordings under a free license. This is relevant because their works are technically only in the public domain in the United States, and remain protected by copyright in other countries. --Gnom (talk) 17:32, 29 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • w:Musopen did this many years ago. I don't think the superlative is valid in this case. (not watching, please {{ping}}) czar 23:56, 6 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for this comment. From what I understand, Musopen had bought a number of recordings and released them into the public domain in 2012, but with the orchestra remaining anonymous, if my understanding is correct. --Gnom (talk) 14:04, 12 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]