EU Extends Copyrights For Recordings To 70 Years

Law360, New York (September 12, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT) -- The European Union on Monday extended its copyright protection terms for music recordings to 70 years, a move the bloc said was designed to guarantee continued income for performers throughout their lifetimes.

The new directive — backed by 17 of the EU's 27 members at the European Council — will add another 20 years of copyright protection and keep the recordings of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and other popular 1960s bands from entering the public domain over the next few years. The measure also includes...
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