The music industry is lobbying the European authorities to extend the current 50 years of copyright protection on sound recordings.
If you are European, visit http://www.soundcopyright.eu/ and sign the petition if you agree that this copyright term should not be extended past 50 years.
From soundcopyright.eu :
“The labels lobby for change, but have yet to publicly present any compelling economic evidence to support their case. What evidence does exist shows clearly that extending term will discourage innovation, stunt the reissues market, and irrevocably damage future artists’ and the general public’s access to their cultural heritage.
As Europe looks to the creative industries for its economic future, it is faced with a choice. It can agree to extend the copyright term in sound recordings for the sake of a few major record labels. Or it can allow sound recordings to enter the public domain at the end of fifty years for the benefit of future innovation, future prosperity and the public good.”
If patents are protected from as short as 6 years in order to promote innovation, why do the “artists” enjoy protection over 50 years? The European authorities should review and decrease the music protection to align it with patents. Why should inventors be less protected that artists?