Thursday, July 17, 2008

Copyright for the dead

Dave Rowntree"Evidence from Swedish collecting societies shows that, following a copyright term increase of 20 years, payments to dead composers leapt from 2.4 per cent in 1995 to 14.1 per cent in 2006. Copyright term extension for sound recordings will lead to a similar effect in favour of the estates of best-selling, and in all likelihood dead, performing artists. The increased earnings for struggling artists will be minimal; it won't keep starving artists off the poverty line." —Dave Rowntree

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