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Thread #36385   Message #575373
Posted By: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)
19-Oct-01 - 04:53 AM
Thread Name: 'Celtic Music/Dave Bulmer' saga: Pt 2
Subject: RE: 'Celtic Music/Dave Bulmer' saga: Pt 2
I don't know enough about the background to this case to comment but there seems to be a real concern that one of the effects of this case (however it is finally resolved) is that a lot of recorded music from the 60s, 70s and early 80s is likely never to be commercially available again. I suspect that most of these records never sold more than a few thousand in the first place.

Perhaps there needs to be some sort of register of where they are and who has copies so that when the legal and financial questions are sorted out it might be possible to re-master them and at least preserve them on permanent media (if not actually re-release them). Obviously it would be better to do so from the original master tapes but looking through this thread I get the impression that they are unlikely to become available in the near future at least. I imagine it's possible to preserve the music given current technology but I'm not qualified to comment on that.

Similarly I don't know what the legal implications would be at the moment but if Mr Bulmer's business does become insolvent or gets wound up I'm concerned that the assets (ie the music) should not disappear with the company. I think there's a case for arguing that if a receiver is appointed the tapes should be bought for the nation to prevent this irreplaceable cultural resource from being lost. Letters to MPs may be in order, I think.