The European Commission has just announced a review of the EU's complex set of directives related to copyright. Apparently, "(p)riority will be given to maximise synergies, minimise overlaps and redundancies, and increase the clarity and consistency of Community rules". "Reform of Copyright levies applied to equipment and media used for private copying" and "Review of term, in particular, term for sound recordings" are included in the review.
Could this possibly have anything to do with the music industry's push to extend the UK term of mechanical copyright from 50 to 95 years? In blatant disregard of the non-existent incentive effects of retrospective extension of intellectual property rights?