EU Supports Extending Music Copyright To 95 Years

Law360, New York (July 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission has thrown its support behind a proposed plan to follow the lead of the U.S. and significantly extend the term of copyrights for music from 50 to 95 years.

The commission announced Wednesday that it had adopted the initiative. It now requires the approval of the European Parliament and European Council to take effect.

The proposed extension is intended to benefit aging session musicians who depend on royalties from recording made when they were young to support themselves, the commission said. But critics...
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