[Fsfe-ie] McCreevy wants 95 year copyright
john.latham at cognovi.co.uk
Fri Feb 15 15:38:58 CET 2008
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.
I thought copyrights were a regulatory intervention designed to promote
innovation, not a pension fund for people who haven't produced anything
since their teenage years.
I can't see a teen artist deciding against a rock 'n roll lifestyle
because they are concerned about pension prospects.
Maybe "Free-market champion fights to extend monopolies, again" might be
appropriate. Or was that done during swpat?
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