[Fsfe-ie] UK copyrights to be extended to 100 years...

Teresa Hackett teresahackett at eircom.net
Tue Jun 7 18:14:50 CEST 2005

Surprisingly, the European Commission is not in favour of this proposal 
(see § EC review for the 2004 copyright consultation) which is 
largely being driven by record companies and some individual artists e.g 
Cliff Richard and Paul McGuiness on behalf of U2.



David O'Callaghan wrote:

> Hi All,
> Saw this on ILUG:
> http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1641428,00.html
> "The [UK] government wants to extend copyright laws to ensure pop 
> songs are protected for almost twice as long as the current 50 years.
> It sees the move as a way of generating more money for the record 
> industry, which would use it to discover new talent."
> The article contains no criticism of this proposal. You can bet that 
> the EU would be happy to "harmonise" this arrangement to other EU 
> members and to other fields of creative activity.
> Regards,
> David
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