Copyright changes that go out of the way to protect artists? Surprising. Yet this is exactly what’s happening in the United Kingdom.
Artist-friendly copyright amendments were first voted on by the European Union parliament in 2009. They were then ratified in 2011, and in 2013 they are finally put into place.
The rules add another 20 years of copyright to sound recordings, going from 50 to 70 years.
United States copyright stands for 95 years.
Additionally, three new rules were put into place:
- “Session Fund“: 20 percent of sales revenue will go to performers such as session musicians
- “Clean Slate“: Does not allow producers to deduct from musician’s payments. Eliminates payment being taken out as royalty advancement.
- “Use It or Lose It“: If works are not being “commercially exploited” musicians and performers can reclaim performance rights.
The U.K.’s Minister for Intellectual Property, Lord Younger said:
“These changes demonstrate the Government`s ongoing commitment to, and support for, our creative industries – who are worth billions to our economy.”
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