by Mike Masnick
Fri, Feb 13th 2009 1:47pm
Who needs evidence when you have bogus emotional appeals? That seems to be the reasoning behind the EU Parliament legal affairs committee's decision to approve a plan to extend performance copyrights from 50 to 95 years. This despite a coalition of intellectual property experts who pointed out that such extension harms innovation and only serves to help the record labels. It also ignored plenty of research on the harm done by copyright extension. There is, once again, simply no good reason to retroactively change the deal that was made between the musicians and the public at the time of creation. This is nothing more than defrauding the public, by going back on a clear deal that was made. And, for what? The money (despite the slick marketing campaign) isn't going to musicians for the most part. It's going directly into the coffers of (you guessed it) the major record labels. None of this appears to have been addressed by the committee -- which seems to have fallen for the "we must keep paying those poor session musicians for a single performance they made 90 years ago" marketing campaign. This still isn't final -- it still needs to be approved by the Council of Ministers, but the fact that it's even gotten this far is troubling.
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