Extend performers’ copyright to 95 years, says EU commissioner | News | guardian.co.uk Music
Performing artists, such as Cliff Richard, and session musicians would get copyright protection on their recordings for 95 years instead of the current 50, under plans put forward yesterday by Charlie McCreevy, the EU’s internal market commissioner.
But read on and you shall find this little gem:
McCreevy’s scheme includes a “use it or lose it” provision under which record labels refusing to re-release recordings would be forced to allow performers to move to another company.
Now that is a beautiful idea! A lot of great recordings are no longer available because the big labels do not think that can make enough money from them. It would indeed be great if the artist/performer can get them back in that case.