Well folks, while It took them three years of doing, and undoubtedly a ton of money the music industry has finally won its European battle to lock up in-copyright sound recordings for another 20 years. Hmmm what does this mean, oh you were looking forward to The Beatles’ music entering the public domain as the 50-year copyright term expires? Guess what not anymore and not going to happen so back to paying for it as how many times have you repurchased it in your life?
Well let’s see, there was that vinyl thing called a record, then 4 tracks (yea they didn’t last long, however I had one) then came 8 Tracks! Oh, then we dumped those for the cassette which yielded their iconic hiss noise for the CD, then played with the Sony ™ MiniDisc before HD Audio DVD and then made the jump to the digital realm with MP3 and now off to ACC! Whew what a roller coaster ride for media and people have nerve to complain “hard media” is dead?
Yet the bad news here is the public domain is an important place for things to go and the greed in changing this means not only the Beetle’s will stay locked up, however everything else too for another 20 years, which means the people lost out to greed and someone needs to look at the system over there (in the EU).
As the Council of the European Union is where the various member state governments [of the EU] all have their say, voted on the 12th “without discussion” to increase the copyright term in sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. Hmmm no discussions you say, what’s that all about? Yet the smaller countries like Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden voted against the extension, yet it passed anyway. Can you say something smells funny in Denmark…