On 28/04/07, D P Ingram wrote:
> On 27 apr 2007, at 23.48, Stephen C Leggett wrote:
>> <<<Gowers considered cutting copyright lifespan 11:19AM, Thursday
>> 26th April 2007
>> Andrew Gowers has revealed that he considered cutting the 50-year
>> copyright limit on sound recordings in his government-sponsored
>> review of UK intellectual property laws and only decided to
>> recommend that the status quo be retained because it was 'politically
> Very interesting development but I wonder how that would stack up with
> European law as in Europe they seem to have longer periods. This can,
> of course, give problems to release old recordings.
Until recently, Italy had a shorter period.
I think both Italy and Spain are now at 50 years. There would be an
obvious commercial advantage to having a shorter period. The Spanish
label Definitive has been issuing 1950s jazz recordings.
Naxos seem to be issuing a lot of transfers from early EMI LPs. This
seems pointless as they are all available from EMI in transfers from the
studio master tapes. I guess it is being done to spite EMI.
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