public domain and copyright

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Country: United States of America
State: All States/Provinces

How do I find out if I can reproduce and sell picture record covers from the 60s and 70s? Are they in the public domain or are their current copyright custodians that I can contact for written permission to use them, and, if/or how much their licensing fee is? I do not want to violate any copyright laws.


You may contact the legal dept of the record labels and they will inform you; if you search the web you will see which major company likely owns the song now--
References in periodicals archive ?
Several examples will illustrate the important distinction between public domain and copyrighted works.
A superficial comparison of the rate changes for music exploitation looks significant (4x as compared to 2.5x), but the logistic regressions performed in Appendix B expose the confounding effect of time as a variable, and show that the comparative rates of exploitation of public domain and copyrighted music are not significantly different.