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EU Commissioner to propose longer copyright term in EU

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 15 Feb 2008 19:01 User comments (5)

EU Commissioner to propose longer copyright term in EU European internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has indicated he will propose longer copyright terms for recordings in the European Union, stating he wanted to bring "fairness" into the equation. The record industry has been seeking longer copyright terms in the EU for some time now, complaining that the terms are much shorter than those provided in other major markets.
While performers and producers of music tracks enjoy 95 years of protection in the United States, the term in the European Union sits at 50 years. The position taken by those seeking a longer term claims there is no justification for this difference, especially at a time when the Internet is a promising new platform to market early recordings.

"This is great news for thousands of musicians and we are especially delighted that the Commission has acted to benefit session musicians. We are indebted to our friends and colleagues across the music industry for their ongoing support in achieving this most welcome of outcomes. This is a clear sign that the music community working together has a powerful voice," John F Smith, President, International Federation of Musicians (FIM), said.

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116.2.2008 5:43

Stupidly long copywrite is coming to europe then, ah well lets just kill creativity from building on great ideas for lets see, 100years. if this gets passed its the most retarded law ever, you can sort of expect it in the USA where the Government is controlled by the Lobby, corporations and backhanders, and an excepting populous but not here in europe please.

A Fair(y) Use Tale. Funny look at copywrite.

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316.2.2008 6:11

All extending copy right dose is provide a excuse to milk the media yo have instead of grow new and all this dose is stagnate and rot the industry...

417.2.2008 22:47

Hmmm, if the recording industry is after equity with other markets then why doesn't it try to convince those other markets to reduce copyright to 50 years?

If monies collected are for the musician then why not have a body in each market that collects on behalf of the musician and holds that money until the musician makes provable application for it?

The trick would be finding and/or setting up the right body because we sure as hell couldn't trust the private sector US recording and film industry. Normally i wouldn't trust the government either, but we need an agency that is not paid for scalps collected.

59.4.2008 4:42

Having a longer copyright term does not solve piracy issues.

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