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UK Copyright Extended To 70 Years

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For a number of years now, sub-par legislation for EU countries has aided the exploitation of intellectually ‘expired’ music. With many of the concerned artists either deceased or now into the pension years, the now previous fifty-year copyright expiration has questioned the consumption, promotion, ethical distribution, and opinion of ‘classic’ music; music that has survived the test of time and undoubtedly all contributed, however much, to modern and post-modern works of [musical] art.

In the modern day, where intellectual property is fiercely battled over even the most insignificant of matters (i.e. The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ scandal), we are seeing valid and original works by the likes of The Beatles and Bob Dylan being brought into the public domain [typically] by fat-cat organisations without any legislative obligation to pay the original artists,artists, or their representatives, a cut of the profits.


Whilst America, copyright protection can last anything up to ninety-five years, it was in 2011 that a European Union directive was passed to raise the length of copyright from fifty to seventy years. Regardless of this positive movement, the UK has been slow to react, and later in 2012 The Beatles ‘Love Me Do’ and the B-Side ‘P.S. I Love You’ fell into a public domain free-for-all.


Potentially costing artists millions of pounds in ‘lost’ royalties from 2011 to 2013, and leaving the now aging pensioner artists without money for their lives work when they most need it, today we can finally report that the UK government has proactively raised the length of copyright to seventy-years in accordance to the 2011 bill. No matter how fast the UK government have moved on this initiative, this is a much belated step forward for importance of music.


Edd Harris

For a number of years now, sub-par legislation for EU countries has aided the exploitation of intellectually ‘expired’ music. With many of the concerned...

Edd Harris - 8th November 2013

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