Saw the recent news on Openright and this leaves quite a bit frustrated, infuriated and angry. While my understanding may be flawed but this is the way I see it.
From what I understand from the news link given is that the labels and the big guys will profit from this new arrangement and not the little guys :( Also the consumers would not be able to have and remix that music (hence becoming an artist) for an additional 45 years.
From what I understand as we stand its right now (borrowed from Copyright law in England) is right now 50 years from the date of Original recording .
Copyright in a sound recording expires either (a) 50 years after the recording is made, or (b) if the recording is published during that period then 50 years from the publication, or (c) if during the initial 50 years the recording is played in public or communicated to the public then 50 years from that communication or playing to the public, provided the author of the broadcast is an EEA citizen. Otherwise the duration under the laws of the country of which the author is a national applies, unless such a duration would be longer than offered in UK law, or would be contrary to treaty obligations of the UK in force on 29 October 1993.
(Taken from wikipedia) . Now if one adds the proposed extension to the copyright term it would become 95 years. Who stands to gain, not the commons, nor so much the musician on the street, its the big labels and the rock singers.
Now while its in UK, if such a revision were to take place there is possibility of peer-pressure effects in other developed countries as well.
At some point of time its sure to reflect in newer and more stricter agreements then the TRIPS Agreement (TRIPS PLUS) which as far as India was concerned I felt we were just unprepared to know the nuances of what we were signing (or perhaps we wanted to fall in step with the rest of the world) .
Wouldn’t this extension also reflect at some point in time to additional extensions for literature, for additional patent life-term in medicine ?
Few Interesting links :-
While I don’t think creation would stop, much of the remixing culture would surely go underground and that would be a sadder state of the world :( .
Also I’m sure that I dream of a nightmare but we have seen nightmares coming true if nobody speaks out against them.
Hoping for some more light on the matter, let’s fight the good fight :)