Thursday, December 08, 2005

EU to review European copyright law

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?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"If a certain measure A is the cause of a loss of one franc to each of a thousand persons, and of a thousand franc gain to one individual, the latter will expend a great deal of energy, whereas the former will resist weakly; and it is likely that, in the end, the person who is attempting to secure the thousand francs via A will be successful."

Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923)

How much does it cost to buy a politician these days?