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Rock veterans win copyright fight
« on: September 16, 2011, 05:28:29 PM »

BBC News
September 12, 2011
Rock veterans win copyright fight

On Monday, the EU Council voted to extend the copyright on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years.The move follows a campaign by artists like Cliff Richard as well as lesser-known performers, who said they should continue to earn from their creations.Critics argue that many musicians will see little benefit, with most income going to big stars and record labels.The change applies to the copyright on studio recordings, which is often owned by record labels, rather than the right to the composition, which is owned by the songwriters.Under the 50-year rule, the copyright on songs by The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who would have expired in the next few years.

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