Some sensible things happening over here in the rainy country. No copyright extension for songs reports the BBC. At present, copyright for artists (not the same as composers, who get 120 years of exclusive rights) extends for 50 years in Britain. Within this time artists can collect royalties for their performances whenever they are aired. In US of A this extension is for 95 years – which is, IMHO, greedy and that’s what the British artists like Sir Cliff Richard want (the operative word is want. The other word to bear in mind is need, which does not apply in this case.) Of course, more than the artists, the record companies were the ones salivating for the extension.
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