EU Mulls Extending Music Copyrights To 95 Years

Law360, New York (February 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Union may soon follow America's lead in extending the term of copyright protection for music recordings.

Charlie McCreevy, the EU's internal market commissioner, said Thursday that he enthusiastically supports extending the copyright term for music performers to 95 years after the creation of the work, up from the current term of 50 years. The extension would bring Europe in line with copyright regulations in the U.S.

McCreevy expressed concern that the 50-year copyright term can expire during a performer's lifetime. If nothing is done,...
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