Argentina extends term of protection for performers and producers

January 2010


Argentina has extended the term of protection on sound recordings for performers and producers from 50 to 70 years.  The move is welcomed by the music industry in Argentina and the IFPI,  which represents the recorded music industry worldwide, said the move will improve incentives for producers to invest in the recording of music in Argentina. The move was announced at the “Tango National Day” celebrations in Buenos Aires when the modification to Article 5 of the Intellectual Property Act was promulgated. Term extension was supported by the Argentine Performers Association (AADI) and the Argentine Music Industry Chamber (CAPIF).  Both groups said the new legislation would better protect local performers and producers and bring the country closer into line with emerging international trends in this area. John Kennedy, chairman and chief executive of IFPI said “I am delighted that Argentina has strengthened the rights of performers and producers by extending the term of protection.  Argentina has a strong musical heritage and this reform means that producers will have a greater incentive to invest in the next generation of local talent.”

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