The Future and Legal Issues
This chapter explores the complexities of copyright law, highlighting the extraordinary uniqueness of the circumstances that surround this work. With two wills (Hungarian and American), differing laws in Hungary and the United States, two sons from different mothers, the saga of the Bartók Estate, the existence of two Bartók Archives (Budapest and Florida), and finally the co-existence of different copyright periods in different parts of the world, the issues are indeed complex. The chapter concludes that copyright on the Viola Concerto expired in Australasia in 1999, but continues elsewhere until 2024. The use of materials produced in Australasia in other parts of the world, particularly the sales of scores and recordings, remains a grey area.
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