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Re: [ARSCLIST] Edisoniae--was: The Incompetence at ENHS
Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
I don't know the history of how the recordings got
into the hands of McGraw/Hill,in 1956,someone could
enlighten me here.Why didn't they just put the
catalogue,on the market,and let some other label
reissue the stuff,and make money off of it ?
Putting recordings "on the market" is very expensive for a player in
this game. Cylinder reproduction is unthinkable, of course, and
reissuing a cylinder in that form would certainly limit the market. <G>
Reissuing a "78" if metal parts are available requires a suitable
pressing plant - and, of course, a potential market to justify the
expense. Even so, there is such a process continuing today; check out
Historic Masters, Ltd. However, I doubt that that's what you have in mind.
So someone has to invest in digitizing the recordings, which has been
done for those at the ENHS. Then they must be engineered for
publication, which is quite costly; organized for distribution in some
form; and made available for distribution.
However, the bottom line may be: what's in it for the publisher? What
incentive is there either to publish themselves or to license for
publication? For the mass of material here, the odds are that the legal
costs for licensing would exceed its receipts.
Those companies who have been willing to license are to be commended
even if they require unreasonable numbers of copies to be made.