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The “Use It Or Lose It” Dylan Collection

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by Cat Johnson

Bob Dylan releases are generally met with much fanfare, marketing and critical chitchat, but today Rolling Stone reported that 100 copies of a four-CD, 86-song set of rare Bob Dylan songs, including alternate versions of “Sally Gal,” “That’s Alright, Mama,” “Baby Please Don’t Go” and more, quietly hit record store shelves in Europe.

Due to a change in European copyright law, Sony was forced to release the material or it would have fallen into the public domain. A source from Sony Music told Rolling Stone, “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.'”

As one can imagine, demand for the collection is sky-high. According to Sony, the whole point of copyrighting the material is that they have plans to use the material, much of which has been floating around for years as bootlegs, in the future. So, don’t despair, Dylan fans. Chances are good that one way or another, you’ll get to hear this stuff…eventually.

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