EU Parliament Votes To Extend Copyright To 70 Years

Law360, New York (April 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Members of the European Parliament voted Thursday to extend copyright protection for new music recordings from 50 years to 70 years, compromising on a proposal to extend the rights for an even greater period.

The European Commission had proposed extending protections to 95 years, but Parliament reduced the proposal in response to opposition from the European Council and to facilitate an agreement with national governments that must approve the measure, Irish MEP Brian Crowley said in a statement from Parliament.

Members voted 377-178 to pass the...
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