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Sound Copyright: Term Extension "will damage Commission's reputation"

notes - under CC licenseLast week the leading European centres for intellectual property research have released a joint letter to EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, enclosing an impact assessment detailing the far reaching and negative effects of the proposal to extend the term of copyright in sound recordings.

With the confusion and disillusionment of Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty still ringing in the Commissions ears, the letter states:

"This Copyright Extension Directive, proposed by Commissioner McCreevy, is likely to damage seriously the reputation of the Commission. It is a spectacular kowtow to one single special interest group: the multinational recording industry (Universal, Sony/BMG, Warner and EMI) hiding behind the rhetoric of "aging performing artists".

Full article on the Sound Copyright website.

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