By Max Clarke
Artists will now receive royalty payments from their recordings 70 years after they were first made, a new series of EU copyright laws assures.
This follows a long campaign waged by a number of artists, headed by vintage pop star, Sir Cliff Richard. Much of Sir Cliff’s popular music from the 1960s would be nearing the end of its copyright, meaning that it would be in the commons, and free to use by advertisers without permission.
The move marks a significant step in extending protection of musician’s creations, though the total of 70 years from the date of recording remains well below the 95 year protection offered to American singers.
Geoff Taylor, head of the British Phonographic Institute, hailed the 20 year extension as welcome news for the UK’s music industry, and likely to boost investment in creative arts:
“A longer copyright term is also good news for music fans, as it will ensure that UK record labels can continue to reinvest income from sales of early recordings in supporting new British talent and compete effectively in a global market.”
Legendary composer and jazz musician, Jools Holland also reacted positively to the news:
“It is fantastic news to hear that copyright term has been extended to 70 years. Artists put their hearts and souls into creating music and it is only fair that they are recompensed in line with the rest of Europe. It’s important that creators get paid for the work they do and this extra twenty years is much deserved.”
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