p2pnet news view | P2P | Music:- You’d think rock ancients such as Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard (right), U2, Yoko Ono [Yoko Ono?], Barry Gibb, Petula Clark and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa [?] already have enough cash stashed away to keep themselves, their children, their children’s children, their children’s children’s children’s, and so on, in luxury.
But No. The greedy sods want more.
They were among 4,500 artists who last year signed a newspaper advertisement demanding the UK government extend the copyright in sound recordings to 95 years and now they’re, “celebrating a major victory” because a European Parliament committee says it’s OK to boost it to 95 years, says Times Online.
“Performing artists currently only receive royalties for fifty years after their song was released, meaning that musicians such as Sir Cliff Richard, who released hits in the late 1950s, are beginning to see their royalty cheques stop.”
“I’m absolutely fed up with singing Living Doll but I have sung it constantly since 1959 because every time I sing it live it generates sales of the original record and royalties to me,” he once said.
What they have to put up with!
Living Doll, in which Richard, real name Harold Webb, pretended to play the guitar solo, would have become dead to him this July as it entered the public domain.
But now ……
Meanwhile, “The legislation will now go to a meeting of the parliament on March 11, as well as the Council of Ministers,” says the story.
“There may be further horse-trading on the proposal before it is finally signed into law, given that the UK and other countries had suggested a term shorter than 95 years.”
Times Online – Musicians celebrate victory as go-ahead given for copyright to be extended to 95 years, February 13, 2009
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