With all the talk of the EU's decision to retroactively extend copyright from 50 to 70 years, despite no evidence that this is needed or useful, very little attention was paid to the massive harm this causes.
The ideas that "copyright theft" is widespread, and that people are "stealing" digital content from creators, are favourite tropes of the copyright maximalists. It's total rubbish, of course. The law clearly states that if it is anything it is copyright infringement, and simple logic tells us that digital copies aren't stealing, because they do not take away, but add.
De Raad van de Europese Unie heeft vandaag met gekwalificeerde meerderheid ingestemd met het voorstel om onder andere de beschermingsduur van de rechten van uitvoerende kunstenaars en producenten van fonogrammen te verlengen.
The Directive, adopted at a meeting of the Council of Ministers on 12 September 2011, amends Directive 2006/116/EC on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights. It increases performers' rights in sound ...
Earlier this week, the European Union made dramatic changes to copyright law affecting sound recordings. We hear why some inside the music industry are cheering on the measure - while others have their doubts.
Forty-nine years ago next month EMI issued the debut single by a certain Liverpudlian combo.
Love Me Do became The Beatles’ very first hit. It means that, under existing legislation, in little more than a year’s time the Fab Four’s recording catalogue will start to go out of copyright, representing not only a huge loss to those directly involved but symbolically becoming the most blatant illustration yet this industry is rapidly losing its precious heritage to public domain.
Welcoming the news, PPL Chairman and CEO Fran Nevrkla said, “This is a tremendous development and we must recognise the goodwill of the politicians in Britain and other parts of Europe who understood that this key change in the copyright legislation was long overdue. I am delighted that we at PPL, jointly with our many thousands of individual performer and record company members, have been able to play an important role in this process."
Before the release of the album we´ve set up a great action with our crossmedia mediapartners. We wanted to give away a free download: " Don't leave me behind". We could reach over 5.5 million consumers ! It was great, everything was ready to go. But then "our" protector of music rights, the so called Buma Stemra said when we would give away a free download, we'd had to pay an amount of € 0,06 per download upfront based upon the estimate of 5.5. million!!! That would have been approximately €350,000. Well, being an independent I really don't know where to get that amount of money from. Besides that it is absurd to pay for a song you've written and produced (with our team) yourself!
Als je de definitie rechtenvrij van Wikipedia plukt, klinkt het zo rechtvaardig: "Auteursrecht is het recht van de maker of een eventuele rechtverkrijgende van een werk van literatuur, wetenschap of kunst om te bepalen hoe, waar en wanneer zijn werk wordt openbaar gemaakt of verveelvoudigd."
Intellectual property academics claim that 20 more years of protection for sound recordings will cost society a billion euros—with 72 percent of the money going to the music labels. (Naijahealines.com: Cost of Europe's 20-year copyright extension?
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