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Bob Dylan Releasing Limited Edition Outtakes Collection In Europe

January 9, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Rolling Stone reports that Sony has released a new four CD, 86 song Bob Dylan set called The 50th Anniversary Edition, which includes all songs recorded in 1962 including several takes of “Mixed Up Confusion,” “Sally Gal,” “That’s All Right, Mama” and “Baby, Please Don’t Go.” This wasn’t a bootleg, but copies are now selling on eBay for up to $1,000.

A source said: “This isn’t a scheme to make money. The copyright law in Europe was recently extended from 50 to 70 years for everything recorded in 1963 and beyond. With everything before that, there’s a new ‘Use It or Lose It’ provision. It basically said, ‘If you haven’t used the recordings in the first 50 years, you aren’t going to get any more.’

Bob Dylan’s 1962 debut LP became part of the European public domain on January 1, which means that anyone in Europe can release the music without paying Dylan anything. The source added: “The whole point of copyrighting this stuff is that we intend to do something with it at some point in the future. But it wasn’t the right time to do it right after he released Tempest. There are other things we want to do in 2013 though.

Around 100 copies were given to random record stores in France, Germany, Sweden and the UK. Fans who logged into his website from France or German in the last days of the year were able to download the album for 100 Euros.

The 86 songs have been in bootleg circles for years but don’t represent all of the material Dylan recorded in 1962. The source continued: “This isn’t every shred. But these are all fully realized songs and the kind of things fans would enjoy. Some takes were just 90 seconds or so long, and we didn’t release those.

Songs by Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry and other stars of the 1950s and early 1960s went public domain in Europe recently. There was pressure on the lawmakers to change the law as it began to come close to names like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Songs released after January 1, 1963 won’t hit the public domain for 70 years. Of course, this could also change just before January 1, 2033.

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