Re: Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?
>In the UK, music copyright expires after 50 years - so anything before 1964 is now "free" unless reprotected. Over the next few years all the classic recordings of the 1960's and 1970's become free of copyright unless someone recreates the copyright
Incorrect. It's being gradually ramped up to 70 years. Everything from 1963 onwards remains in copyright until 2034 thanks to hard lobbying by the music industry of the EU. Funnily enough that keeps everything recorded by The Beatles in copyright with the exception of their first single.
Expect to see a push to extend copyright to 90 years in the early 2030s...