International: Isn’t 50 years of copyright enough?

August 12, 2004 | Intellectual Property | By: Mark VandeWettering

The Index of Free Expression asks Isn’t 50 years of copyright enough? The recording industry is lobbying the EU to extend their current term of 50 years for perfomances to keep control over recorded performances by Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash and ultimately, the Beatles.

The recording industry thinks that the expiration of copyrights is “a loophole”. One industry’s bug is a society’s feature, I always say.