Amid intense lobbying in the European Parliament next Monday's vote on the proposal to extend the term of copyright has been struck off in a shock move. Following a meeting of the presidents of the political groups in the European Parliament on Tuesday, and with controversy and a lack of consensus surrounding the proposal, MEPs have delayed voting till the end of April - just before this summer's European elections. A trialogue discussion between the European Commission, Council and Parliament, set for the end of March, will now attempt to broker a deal to see if the directive will be allowed to pass.Prof. Martin Kretschmer has had a lot of useful things to say about all of this recently in The Telegraph.
This is not necessarily a victory for opponents of the term extension. Sources suggest that there is a danger of a "compromise" deal that would still result in a 70 year term.