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UK-IPO:  The UK-Intellectual Property Office has responded to the European Commission's proposal to extend the term of copyright protection for sound recordings from 50 to 95 years. Additional measures in the Directive include a proposal that record producers set aside 20% of all revenues for a fund for session artists.  A 'use it or lose' it clause should enable performers to regain the rights in recordings over 50 years old which are no longer available commercially.
 
Evidence suggested that extending the term of protection would negatively impact on consumers and industry. Comments on the proposal should be sent, by the end of August, to: Termextension@ipo.gov.uk.
Press release ~ Gowers Review of Intellectual Property ~ Review of the Economic Evidence Relating to an Extension of the Term of Copyright in Sound Recordings ~ UK-Intellectual Property Office ~ Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law ~ EU Commission Proposal
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