European Intellectual Property Scholars: Copyright Extension Harms Innovation

from the good-for-them dept

Following the EU's misguided proposal to extend performance copyrights on songs from 50 years to 95 years, a group of professors from intellectual property, legal and innovation positions, have gotten together to send a highly critical letter, pointing out why such a copyright extension is not necessary and, in fact, will be quite harmful. Here's a snippet of the letter:
Unanimously, the European centres for intellectual property research have opposed the proposal. The empirical evidence has been summarised succinctly in at least three studies: the Cambridge Study for the UK Gowers Review of 2006; a study conducted by the Amsterdam Institute for Information Law for the Commission itself (2006); and the Bournemouth University statement signed by 50 leading academics in June 2008.

The simple truth is that copyright extension benefits most those who already hold rights. It benefits incumbent holders of major back-catalogues, be they record companies, ageing rock stars or, increasingly, artists' estates. It does nothing for innovation and creativity. The proposed Term Extension Directive undermines the credibility of the copyright system. It will further alienate a younger generation that, justifiably, fails to see a principled basis.
Hopefully, European politicians will actually pay attention to this condemnation of the proposed extension.

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    Avorist, 23 Jul 2008 @ 10:32pm

    As a european, I was very shocked to see that such an unnecessary (and biased) piece of legislation was passed.

    This has caused my belief in the EUs system of government to take a final hit (in the past, it had already taken quite a beating). This, however, is the final nail in the coffin for a government which is struggling very hard to get the respect and support of european citizens (I nod my head to Ireland).

    I have already on this opinion to my representative in the european parliament, but of course I dont have much hope of it making a difference (seeing as I'm not a big industry representative...).

    The EU has herewith lost another supporter (how many more can they afford to lose in the future?)

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