Article: EXTENDING THE TERM
Articles / March 2006

Click here to download this article as a PDF file (.pdf) Should the UK recording industry have new obligations as well as new rights if the copyright term for sound recordings is extended? Ben Challis, LLB MA MA(law) FRSA Barrister-at-law In this article Ben looks at the current moves by the UK’s recording industry to push for a Europe wide extension in the term of copyright for sound recordings – from fifty years to ninety five years. But Ben asks if this is the time for a complete overhaul in the way copyrights are owned and suggests that any change in term should only be made with additional provisions to protect both the customers and the creators of recorded music. Front page news in the UK trade magazine Music Week on the 4 th March 2006 was the headline ‘Timefor Action’ launching a major campaign under the ‘Extend The Term!’ banner, calling on the UK Government to take action over extending the term of copyright for sound recordings. Currently the term of copyright protection for original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works along with Films is seventy (70) years from the death of the author or last surviving author pursuant to the…