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  • From: Frederik Questier <frederik AT>
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  • Subject: Re: [Cc-be] IFPI Petition: Extend 50 years protection
  • Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 13:56:28 +0100

Op Saturday 19 November 2005 14:05, schreef Wouter Vanden hove:
> Hello,
> I would like to hear some opinions about the IFPI-petition in attachment.

These are just the record companies, trying to make copyright protections
infinite, killing the public domain, and increasing their control over the

> Exactly what is protected for 50 years?
> A songwriter writes lyrics for a song.
> a performer sings this song in agreement with the songwriter and puts it
> in a record to sell.
> Then what happens after 50 years?
> All royalties stop to the singer, but not the songwriter?

It means that when a performance is 50 years old, the copyrightholder of the
performance (and that is almost always the record company and not the
artists) is no longer the only one whose has control over the recording,
who can make money of it, or copy it freely.

This is of course in the case nobody else has still copyrights pending, such
as the songwriter. So think about 50-year old performances of e.g.
Beethoven's music.

This means e.g. that is harder than it should be for other artists such as
movie makers, to include old music in their own works...

Compare it with Disney: they copied lots of things from the public domain,
like Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, or a sad example:
Pinocchio in 1940, one year after the copyright of Carlo Collodi finished.
But now that their own creations like Mickey Mouse should finally have
fallen into the public domain, they are the strongest pushers for never
expiring copyrights...

This extension is totally against the original copyright idea (UK 1710: "for
the encouragement of learning"; US 1790: "to promote the progress of
science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and
inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and
Originally these protection terms were 14 years on request, renewable once
on request for 14 years.
If the record companies can't make enough profit by being the only one who
can sell a specific product during 50 years, they have a very flawed
business model.
Compare this with products like medicines: these need typically an
development investment of 300M Euros and can still be profitable with 20
years patent protection minus 10-12 years development.

Extending the record companies' monopoly for another 50 years (yes, they ask
100 years), will even stifle innovation, as it will be much easier for
those record companies to get the crazy high prices for the re-releases of
these oldies (on HD-DVD or whatever is next) than to invest in new artists.

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