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IFPI backs Parliamentary Report on IP in UK

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 May 2007 19:58 User comments (3)

IFPI backs Parliamentary Report on IP in UK The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the trade group that oversees the global record industry, has backed the recommendation by the UK's Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sports Committee that copyright term for recording artists should be extended and that ISPs and search-based businesses should do more to discourage piracy.
The report concludes that the Government, "should press the European Commission to bring forward proposals for an extension of copyright term for sound recordings to at least 70 years, to provide reasonable certainty that an artist will be able to derive benefit from a recording through his or her lifetime."

It disagrees with the outcome of the review of copyright term by Andrew Gowers last year, saying it focuses only on economic analysis rather than the moral rights of creators. "The Select Committee has given a ringing endorsement for fair treatment of the UK music industry. It has backed two simple principles – that UK performers must get a term of copyright protection comparable to composers, and that Britain must not be left with weaker copyright protection than its international partners," said IFPI CEO and Chairman John Kennedy.

He added: "The Gowers report was far too long on economic theory and far too short on fairness to British copyright holders. The UK Select Committee’s findings are totally right for Britain’s creative industries, and they send a clear strong message to the Government and to the European Union. We are also pleased that the Committee recognized that Internet Service Providers and search-based businesses should do more to discourage piracy, a position that we have been advocating for some time."

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3 user comments

116.5.2007 21:50

So the IFPI carry on, on the coat tails of the RIAA and MPAA.
Its not the copyright laws that are antiquated, its the people trying to enforce them! In some form or another Piracy is always going to be with us - hell, its not even against UK law (currently) to have a downloaded backup copy as long as its for personal use only, with the states now getting the go ahead to "wiretap" who they like and take the equipment of who they like i wonder how long it is before the cicil liberties of us the other side of the pond are brought into question.

217.5.2007 20:17

This is just another push towards tighter legislation. What else is new.

319.5.2007 18:12

With non DRM music becoming more widely available, this is a step in the right direction for the consumers, but of course something needed to happen for the big companies to gain the upper hand again.

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