[A2k] IPO consultation on Directive 2011/77 Term of protection

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Mon Jan 7 08:30:17 PST 2013

FYIquote from Post By Eleonora Rosati in The 1709 Blog:

*... * As not all 1709 Blog readers and email subscribers also read the
we do not want that they remain unaware of the public
consultation<http://www.ipo.gov.uk/consult-2013-copyterm.htm>which the
UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has just launched. This is
aimed at gathering the views of relevant stakeholders (including musicians,
record producers, lyricists and composers and representative organisations
and individuals) on the draft regulations that will transpose Directive
UK law.

This directive was adopted in September 2011 and extended the term of
protection for performers and sound recordings from 50 to 70 years
(Jeremy's post here<http://the1709blog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/copyright-term-extension-heres-new.html>).
The underlying idea was that performers' protection was to be brought in
line with that already afforded to authors.

At the time of its adoption,  EU Commissioner Michel
confident that

*... which needs to be in writing though*
"*[the] decision to increase the term of protection for musicians'
copyright from 50 to 70 years w[ould] make a real difference for performers
... With increasing life expectancy**, the previous 50-year protection term
was clearly insufficient. Despite the fact that their music and songs are
still popular, today many performers are left without income when they are
older. The increase to a 70-year term means performers can still receive
remuneration when their music is played once they have retired. [This]
agreement gives performers the recognition and reward they justly deserve
for their creative contributions to society and stimulates creation for
future generations of music fan*s".

While requiring the UK to extend the length of copyright term in sound
recordings and performers' rights in sound recordings, the directive
includes specific provisions for performers, and also provides for the
harmonisation of the copyright term for co-written musical compositions
with words.

The closing date for IPO's public consultation is 4 March 2013. Any
comments should be sent, preferably using the appropriate response form,
before the closing date to:
  Nick Ashworth
 Intellectual Property Office
 Concept House
Cardiff Road
 South Wales
 NP10 8QQ
 United Kingdom
 Email Term Directive Consultation team<TermDirectiveConsultation at ipo.gov.uk>
Fax: +44 (0) 1633 817777

Manon Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
manon.ress at keionline.org
tel.: +1 202 332 2670

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