IP Scholar Slams EC's Support Of Copyright Extension

Law360, New York (August 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A leading European intellectual property scholar has accused the European Commission of “willfully ignoring” the results of studies that conflict with the commission's support for extending the term of music copyrights from 50 to 95 years.

Bernt Uugenholf, director of the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Information Law, law week sent an open letter to EC President Jose Manuel Barroso, castigating the commission for supporting the extension, even though studies by the Institute, which the EC commissioned and paid for, urged against it.

Uugenholf said the...
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