Debating Copyright Extension In The UK
from the missing-the-point dept
- Kretschmer: We must not inhibit digital creators :: Shane Richmond
- Trubrudge: I am here to fight the corner of the UK's musicians
- Kretschmer: Musicians should see themselves as part of a continuum of creative endeavour
- Trubrudge: It's time performers' moral rights were strengthened
- Kretschmer: Redistributing from the living to the dead
- Trubrudge: 'What have you got against Cliff Richard'?
It's too bad the debate went in that direction, as the question of copyright extension is a really important one -- especially considering that it breaks a contract that the public made with musicians on the terms under which that content was created. It also ignores how such extensions limit the ability of new artists to build on older works -- which is a key component to many newer artists creating their own unique works of art. As an example of this, I point (again) to James Boyle's excellent discussion on how Ray Charles invented soul music by effectively "ripping off" other musicians, and how others have then built on Charles' work. Stringent copyright protection at the time may have prevented soul music from ever coming about. There are plenty of similar examples as well -- but unfortunately the debate doesn't seem to touch on that aspect at all.