A number of Bob Dylan’s rare outtakes have popped up in a limited European release that’s now selling in some circles for over $1,000. Dubbed The 50th Anniversary Collection, the four-CD set gathers 86 of Dylan’s recordings from 1962, including renditions of ”Mixed Up Confusion,” “Sally Gal,” “That’s All Right, Mama”, and “Baby, Please Don’t Go.” The kicker? It’s an official release from Sony.
As Rolling Stone reports, “Roughly 100 copies of the collection were given to random record stores in France, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Fans who logged onto Bob Dylan’s official website from France or Germany in the final days of 2012 were also allowed to download the collection for 100 Euros.”
Reasoning behind the release all ties back to copyrights. On January 1st, Dylan’s 1962 debut became public domain in Europe, which means anyone could issue the tracks without Dylan’s consent.
“This isn’t a scheme to make money,” one source at Sony Music told the publication. “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.’”
Dylan’s not the only artist dealing with the measure. Other artists, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, have also set lawmakers in a flurry to remedy the copyright laws. Currently, any track released after January 1st, 1963 will hit the public domain in 70 years. So, yeah, mark those calendars.