UK Votes To Keep Copyrights At 50 Years

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Aron Schatz
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November 27, 2006
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Another sane ruling by the people of the UK. The government has decided to not extend the copyright monopoly to 95 years. In the US, we have a much longer copyright term which is terrible. How does this entice artists? Copyrights should be merged with patents and should only last a minimum amount of time.

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It also means the earliest official recordings from The Beatles, from 1963, will be out of copyright in 2013. Music journalist Neil McCormack told BBC Radio Five Live it was a blow to the industry. "This was set before the advent, the big boom of rock and roll. The boom in popular culture which has led to a whole vast number of people making their living from these royalties. "You can make a record in 1955 and have been getting royalties... been living on that and suddenly they're gone."


Solution: Get off your ass and get a job. Making something in 1955 does not entitle you to extort money from people for the rest of your life.

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