Friday, March 20, 2009

EU Sound Recording Term Extension Vote Delayed

Big reported news from Europe. The vote scheduled for March 23, 2009 on copyright term extension for sound recordings from 50 to 95 years has according to the Open Rights Group been postponed until late April. Here's the posting from the Soundcopyright blog:
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.


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