@nemobis I thought this (long) article was very helpful for understanding some bits I previously didn't know much about. TLDR, the 3 segments starting at "All of this circles ..." https://www.theverge.com/22672704/olivia-rodrigo-switched-on-pop-charlie-harding-music-copyright
@quiddity Yes. It's even more complicated than that, because e.g. in Italy there are special rules on how those rights are transferred around, and they're contract law, not copyright law.
Paul Goldstein has the story of how this came to be in USA. It all started in a stormy evening of 1913... https://archive.org/details/copyrightshighwa0000gold/page/55
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