[Fsfe-ie] McCreevy wants 95 year copyright

Rory Browne rbmlist at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 15:11:05 CET 2008

I think this is a case where we should have some give and take.

Give him the extra 45  years copyright he's asking for in
art/music/litriture, etc, and reduce the copyright on computer code by
45 years to 5  years.

I believe Iraq used to have a very enlightened copyright law. Their
copyrights expired after 20 years IIRC.


On 2/15/08, Ciaran O'Riordan <ciaran at fsfe.org> wrote:
> http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/14/business/EU-FIN-EU-Music-Royalties.php
> As European Commissioner for Internal Market, McCreevy wants to extend
> copyright from 50 years to 95 years.  His reason?  People are now living
> longer.
> You couldn't make it up.  He says he wants to ensure that teen artists can
> rely on their work providing them a pension.
> Trying to cast this as supporting the little guy, he says that it will
> support session musicians who played backing music.
> He also talks about increasing the taxes on blank media.  This is something
> I think we could agree to.  There's lots of room for arguing about the
> numbers and how to distribute the collected taxes, but as systems go, this
> one doesn't harm people's rights to help themselves or to help others.
> This is probably related to the EC's public consultation on "Creative
> Content Online", which has a deadline of Feb 29th:
> http://ec.europa.eu/avpolicy/other_actions/content_online/index_en.htm
> I'm going to look into that early next week and will discuss it here.  It
> might be something worth drafting an IFSO response to.
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