Saturday, January 17, 2009

Video on Proposed Term Extension of Sound Recordings in EU

Here's an outstanding video from the Open Rights Group on the European Commission's determination to ignore all the reliable evidence (including the work it itself commissioned from Bernt Hugenholtz et al) and push for term extension of sound recordings to 95 years. According to ORG, this would create a windfall for record companies and potentially provide negligible help and even harm to ordinary working session musicians - all at great cost to economic cost to consumers and a considerable encroachment on the public domain. There are lots of specific numbers here...


1 comment:

  1. When will an artist be able to sue a publisher for the increased value of a copyright that was sold before the duration was increased? Surely there is an argument that the extended term was not part of what was sold and that when the original term expires the copyright reverts to the artist.