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.

Filed Under: copyright, copyright extension, eu, europe, innovation


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 23 Jul 2008 @ 11:45am

    Re: Respect for the rule of law

    I think it creates a large problem in that it promotes disrespect for the law in general


    Amen to that. With all the executive-branch law breaking and bending, I'm certainly losing respect for our federal government. "Because we said so", or "because it makes some of our friends more wealthy", aren't acceptable reasons to obey a law. Especially when most laws these days are written by corporate lobbyists with and agenda.

    CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM!!!

    Here is my plan:

    1. Individuals may donate as much as they want.
    2. Corporations donate to a general fund; why would they need more pull than the votes of their employees???
    3. Any corporation's board of directors funneling money through individuals directly to a candidate will be burned at the stake for tampering with democracy :)

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