Brits Reject Extension of Copyrights for Music

By Richard Menta 11/27/06

The Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, also known as the Sonny Bono Act, lengthened the term of copyright another twenty years to 95 years for corporate ownership and 70 years after life of author for personal ownership. Since that extension the US has pushed the rest of the world to adopt similar terms. For example, in England the term for recording artists is a flat 50 years meaning the Elvis Sun sessions and other early rock and roll are in the public domin over there.

In the UK the Treasury commissioned an independent review to consider matching US copyright law. According to the BBC, the commission has now released its decision and it recommends that copyrights not be extended.

The study, conducted by former Financial Times editor Andrew Gowers will be published next week.

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