Europeans to extend music copyright from 50 to 70 years.

26 04 2009

The European Parliament has voted to extend copyright on music recordings from 50 to 70 years. Supporters believe that the extension will protect Europe’s creative talent. Apparently, they think that inspiration, talent and the quality of the performance of a musician will be improved by knowing that if successful, he/she will be able
to continue to reap profits for longer than the half century previously allowed.

Opponents argue that the change will benefit major record companies and top-earning performers at the expense of consumers. This is clearly the case, since there is no such thing as a free lunch.


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