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"entrance of gladiators" circus theme song in public domain? Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 11th September 2007
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"entrance of gladiators" circus theme song in public domain?

hi guys,

i did a search on the internet but i haven't managed to find a definitive answer... would anyone here know by any chance if the famous circus theme song "entrance of gladiators" (aka "thunder and blazes" i think) is in public domain and therefore royalty-free?

for example, if i play it by myself on a piano, could i safely include it in say radio or tv commercial?

thanks, mark
Old 11th September 2007
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Entrance of the Gladiators - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It's composed in 1897 by the Czech composer Julius Fučík, so it may belong to royalty free category - i believe there's some law about anything older then 50 years goes to public domain - see if you can find out anything about that - i'm really not sure about it
Old 11th September 2007
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Did you check with our friend Harry Fox?
Old 12th September 2007
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I'm sorry... who is Harry Fox?
Old 12th September 2007
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I'm sorry... who is Harry Fox?
HFA Online

From their site:

HFA is the foremost mechanical licensing, collection, and distribution agency for music publishers in the U.S. Our processes, culture, and technology are client-driven and results-oriented. We continually strive to add value and strength to the music rights industry.

There is also a PD (public domain) site that can be looked at for known PD music. I do not recall that URL.
Old 18th September 2007
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If you are in the US -

from http://www,pdinfo.com :

Works created after 1/1/1978 - life of the longest surviving author plus 70 years - earliest possible PD date is 1/1/2048
Works registered before 1/1/1978 - 95 years from the date copyright was secured.
Works registered before 1/1/1923 - Copyright protection for 75 years has expired and these works are in the public domain.

The Good News - works published in the United States in 1922 or earlier are in the public domain even if they are not yet 95 years old.
The Bad News - no new works will enter the public domain until January 1, 2019.



If you are somewhere else than the US, I am unfamiliar with the laws.

They list "Gladiator's Entry March" which I suppose is the piece you are wondering about. We do have "Entry of the Gladiator's" in our music library - so you should be safe to record it yourself.

Last edited by Stizz; 18th September 2007 at 09:56 PM.. Reason: add US reference
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