Monday, December 15, 2008

Gowers on UK Term Extension Capitulation

Mr. Gowers is not impressed by the British Government's capitulation to the record industry on term extension for sound recordings:

Politicians often do and say silly things when they come into contact with celebrities.

So it was last Thursday when a star-struck Andy Burnham, Britain’s secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport, showed up for a speech and photo-opportunity with the former lead singer of the Undertones, a punk-pop combo of the 1970s. In addition to the usual pleasantries about Britain’s creative industries, Mr Burnham set out a novel argument about the law of copyright protecting musicians’ work.

Here's the whole article in today's Financial Times.


The UK secretary, Mr. Burnham, replies here.


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