We knew that we had a job for the "Copy Cat" -- our go-to copyright expert Jonathan Reichman -- when we saw the title of Bob Dylan's latest release. The 50th Anniversary Collection: The Copyright Extension Collection, Vol. 1 isn't exactly your every day, run-of-the-mill collector's set. Released by Sony Music at the very end of 2012, the set exists solely for the purpose of extending the label's European copyright over the rare recordings for an additional 20 years. Only 100 physical copies were released in a handful of European record stores, and for those who wish to purchase it digitally, you're out of luck unless you live in France or Germany.
We get a better understanding of the shifting European intellectual property laws, and we hear about why other recordings -- like the Beatles' debut single "Love Me Do" -- has officially become public domain in Europe.