Copyright and the Public Domain Research
Robert E. Rowell - Robert_Rowell@compuserve.com
"It is not quick nor easy to ascertain whether a song is in the public domain. There are some guidelines, based on when the song was written." Mr. Rowell suggests the ASCAP page, located at: http://ASCAP.COM/playback/1995/october/guide.html
The ASCAP home page is located at: http://ASCAP.COM/ace/ACE.html
According to Mr. Rowell, the Library of Congress will do searches on particular pieces to determine their copyright status. He recalls that the fee is $20/hour, at a rate of about three songs per hour. The report will arrive in about 3 months.
Their phone number is (202) 707-3000.
Their address is:
Att. Reference and Bibliography Section
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. 20559
A free resource for anyone who has questions about Copyright Law and Licensing Music for use and distribution over the World Wide Web." The site is at: http://www.kohnmusic.com/