Beatles’ Copyright Spurs UK Public Domain Debate
“In 2013, copyright in the sound recording of the Beatles’ first album expires, as it will for recordings from Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and other performers of the same period. In the midst of an explosion in digital music sales, and a flourishing new music scene, industry executives are lobbying the UK government to extend protection for sound recordings from 50 years to 95.
“On the one hand, a powerful industry lobby, responsible for many UK jobs, says it needs this change in copyright law to survive. On the other, it is not the government’s role to protect one section of industry at the expense of innovation in another.
“It is what is sometimes called the Goldilocks problem.”
Kay Withers. Copyright Sings to a Different Tune. BBC News. Feb. 17, 2006.
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