Article: WILL GREEN ISSUES BE THE NEXT LEGAL MINEFIELD?
Articles / September 2007

Click here to download this article as a PDF file (.pdf) by Ben Challis, Barrister-at-law   Whenever politicians get excited about something you can bet that legislation will follow. The modern trend for often rushed and poorly drafted legislation sees no sign of slowing down and industries like the music industry which is fragmented into a number of different discrete sectors are often very bad at making their voice heard. Even the well funded record label trade associations (AIM, the BPI and its international counterpart the IFPI) have seen little progress in promoting the extension in the term for the copyright in sound recordings from the current limit of fifty years. But the new big talking point is, of course, the environment. Whilst some still question the science of climate change, it is becoming apparent that our weather is changing and it is getting difficult to deny that the world is warming up. The Earth’s surface temperature is 0.7 degrees warmer than it was one hundred years ago – and the change is accelerating. The five hottest years on record were all in the last ten years. 2007 had the warmest spring and wettest summer ever – as attendees at…