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No copyright extension for songs in UK


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50 years to 95 years? This comes after an independent review commissioned by the Treasury recommending that the current term of 50 years is sufficient. On the other hand, composers and their families retain copyright over musical scores for 70 years after the author's death.


If the current copyright period stays as it is, this will mean that Cliff Richard's big hit "Move It" will lose its copyright in 2008, followed by the first official recordings of The Beatles. They would also be in a similar situation from 2013, the 50th anniversary of their first hit single, Love Me Do.

As a result, this will be a potential issue for artists who make their living from royalties on recordings approaching 50 years of age.




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That's a strange twist...... the artist can outlive his copyright.


I guess you have to die young if you record young in order to let your heirs collect royalties.

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