HERE’S ANOTHER MESS OF BLUESMany readers have enquired about the possibility of purchasing It’s Now or Never via the States. Therefore your Editor contacted Decca regarding the possibility of doing this. The following letter was received from the Record Company in answer to the question.
27th July, 1960
Dear Mr. Hand,
Thank you for your letter of 25th July concerning the new Elvis Presley single. I have discussed the matter with our
Copyright Department and the official position is as follows:-
“The record of ‘It’s Now or Never’ ’by Elvis Presley cannot be released in this country without the permission of the owner of the copyright of ‘O Sole Mio’ on which tune ‘It’s Now or Never’ is based.
We are trying to come to an arrangement with the owner, but negotiations are still in progress, and no definite decision has yet been reached.
The importation into this country of American copies of the record is illegal, and constitutes an infringement of copyright.
Under the Copyright Act of 1956, any person who imports copies of this recording for sale in this country will lay himself open to legal proceedings.”
I am sorry that the news is not more encouraging but I hope the information that I have been able to give you will be of interest to you and your readers.
The Decca Record Company Limited, JOHN D. HUMPHRIES, Manager – RCA Division.
On behalf of Elvis Monthly’s readers, grateful thanks are extended to Decca for taking the trouble to answer our distressing problem
Elvis Monthly, September 1960