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Copyright Extension Failage In Europe

The European Union have decided, against all the evidence, that copyright on audio (music) recordings should be extended from 50 to 95 years.

Worse, next year they will consider extending audiovisual (film) copyrights to the same ridiculously long term.

The value of most works is exhausted within two years. Setting copyright at almost fifty times that duration, almost double the amount required by the Berne convention on copyright, is not reasonable. This will have a chilling effect on culture and knowledge in return for almost zero economic benefit.

One reply on “Copyright Extension Failage In Europe”

Obviously, this extension isn’t to provide greater incentive to musicians, but to further reward copyright holders of works about to expire (with nothing in return to the public).
It really doesn’t make any difference moving this line in the sand another 45 yards further back from the encroaching tide. Copyright hasn’t got another 5 years left in it, let alone 45. I’d suggest making copyright last for a long as a copy of the ‘protected’ work still remains in existence. It would be just as effective. It’s still just a line in sand shortly to be submerged.
The high tide mark is the private domain. Beyond that, we have individuals’ natural exclusive rights to their writings, and these last for the individual’s lifetime. That is where effort should be focussed in delimiting the public’s cultural liberty with some re-inforced concrete.

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