Yes, only old standards.Did Dominique do any contemporary (for the time) music though? Weren't the all old standards?
I did not know about that, thanks. I thought it applied to books only. So I've looked around and found this :Oh yes, you're right. Apart from him.
Oh yes, you're right again. Mind you, Dominque's songs were all quite old, weren't they? I think music goes out of copyright after a certain amount of decades. Or it used to. Paul McCartney and Cliff Richard managed to get the law changed when it was about to be their turn. But that was just in the UK.
In the United States (...) Before 1976, sound recordings were not protected by national copyright law in the United States; instead, the protection of these works was under the jurisdiction of the state and local governments. (...) In the European Union and Canada, sound recordings were copyrighted for fifty years until 2013. On January 1, 2013, the Beatles' single "Love Me Do" entered the public domain. As of November 2013, European sound recordings are now protected for 70 years, which is not retroactive.
So you might be right, the rights for Dominique's "songs" (or I should say, covers) were free.
Well, I guess we'll have to wait a few more decades to have a home release of "Knots Landing" !