For the half-year to 31 December 2014, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Rebecca Gulbul, Lucas Michels and Marie-Andrée Weiss.

Regular round-ups of the previous week's blogposts are kindly compiled by Alberto Bellan.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

More term extension wrangles


The copyright term extension debate is getting even murkier. The BBC reports:

  • The Featured Artists Coalition, a new pressure group with members including a number of prominent musicians has said that the current 95 year proposal will be bad for performers and fans. They back a term extension, but call for the copyright to revert to the artist after 50 years
  • The UK voted against the European Commission's 95 year proposal on Friday in Brussels. The UK wants to see the extension limited to 70 years.
The IPKat is curious about this. He notes that many of the voices in the debate are prominent musicians who aren't the people who the extension is meant to protect. Sir Cliff isn't holding out the begging bowl, nor are the members of Radiohead. What is the view of the session musicians who are said by the Commission to be in need of the extension, the IPKat wonders?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In North American, nobody really knows who the session musicians were on older recordings. This is a problem both for pop and serious music. I would be astonished if it were not a problem in Europe as well.

Subscribe to the IPKat's posts by email here

Just pop your email address into the box and click 'Subscribe':