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Musicians in the UK are calling for the extension of copyright from 50 years to 95 years.<br><br><br><br>
They've even take a <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6216152.stm" target="_blank">full page ad</a> out in support of this.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I believe that copyright doesn't exist solely to create money for other people. Copyright exists to encourage works which will eventually pass into the public domain.<br><br><br><br>
I see no reason why the traditional (US) system of copyright for 14 years + 1 extension for another 14 years isn't good enough to encourage the production of works.<br><br><br><br>
PS: <a href="http://lessig.org/blog/archives/003628.shtml" target="_blank">Even the dead</a> seem to be supporting copyright extensions.
 

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Erm. I could be wrong about this, but I was under the impression that copyright already existed for the entire life of the author, plus a certain number of years. I can see why musicians who are still alive wouldnt want it to pass into the public domain whilst they were still alive--how annoyed would you be if you wrote a song that you lost money on the production of, only for it to become a huge hit when used in a tv ad or a film score 50 years later when its in the public domain. I am happy with copyright existing at life or 50 years, whichever is longer, but dont think it should be extended beyond that.<br><br>
In any case, UK copyright is now governed by the EU, as it is one of the things they are trying to universalise so getting it changed is going to take more than a couple of angry british musicians.
 

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queenarmadillo -- who says copyright exists for the benefit of the artist?<br><br><br><br>
Right now, with the long terms of copyright, works are being lost to history.
 

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I thought the high court already ruled on this. I'll have to do some more searching. It was on the Sunday news maybe 3 weeks ago. They had ruled in favor of allowing the copyrights to expire at 50 years.
 
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