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January 16, 2009 | Becky Hogge

Come to Brussels and demand sound copyright

The European Parliament is set to vote on whether to double the term of copyright in sound recordings in early 2009. The Open Rights Group Sound Copyright campaign invites you to register your concern at an event on the proposed Term Extension Directive, on Tuesday 27 January 2009, in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Update: this video is now available to stream and download in Ogg Vorbis format.

This flawed Directive has been unanimously condemned by Europe's leading intellectual property research centres. The European Parliament must address the mounting concerns of consumer groups and copyright users if they want a modern, workable intellectual property policy.  Please, if you can, come to Brussels and register your concern. If you can't make it, please invite your MEP to attend on your behalf.

How you can help the campaign:

1) Come to an event on 27 January in the European Parliament in Brussels to hear academics, musicians and activists discuss the Directive with a roundtable of MEPs.

2) Invite your MEP to attend the 27 January event on your behalf (you can get their contact details here: UK residents; Other EU residents)

3) Invite your MEP to sign the Sound Copyright petition

4) Ask your MEP to watch the Open Rights Group's cartoon "How copyright term extension in Sound Recordings actually works"

The Open Rights Group and animators Eclectech, whose work has included pieces for Friends of the Earth and No2ID, have produced a short animation explaining "How copyright term extension in Sound Recordings actually works". Check it out and show your friends and your MEPs why term extension is a really bad idea.

In other news, the former editor of the Financial Times, Andrew Gowers, has hit out at the possibility of an "out of tune" term extension, following the UK Government's  suggestion that they should consider a copyright extension. Gowers whose original evidence-based review for the UK Government concluded against extending copyright described it as as "out of tune with reality".

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Comments (21)

  1. Jonas Müller:
    Jan 17, 2009 at 09:57 PM

    The link in the article at

    3) Invite your MEP to sign the Sound Copyright petition

    is broken.

  2. The Problem with Extending Copyright on Music - www.setiawangsa.net:
    Mar 31, 2009 at 01:49 PM

    [...] get paid enough over those 50 years, and are in danger of being penniless. The Open Rights Group (ORG) believes that that is unacceptable. It has co-produced a video explaining why this is a bad idea [...]

  3. Ian Gregory:
    Jan 21, 2009 at 01:54 AM

    I emailed the 7 UK Eastern Region MEPs on Jan 16th and have had three responses so far. Jeffrey Titford (UKIP) will not be attending the event but will oppose term extension (he apparently tends to oppose all EU legislation). Tom Wise (UKIP) phoned me and said he would be supporting term extension - we discussed it for about ten minutes but he had clearly made up his mind. Andrew Duff (Lib Dem) did not say whether he would be attending the event but agreed that term extension would be harmful and he said he would vote against the proposal. I have not heard from the 3 Conservative and 1 Labour MEPs.

  4. Singvøgel » Blog Archiv » Openrightsgroup zur geplanten Verlängerung der Schutzfrist des Copyrights für Tonaufnahmen:
    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    [...] Video der Open Rights Group erläutert - leider bisher nur auf englisch - Hintergründe und Auswirkungen [...]

  5. Andrew Norton:
    Jan 16, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    This is another excellent reason why, come the EU elections, you should vote for your local Pirate Parties.

    Andrew Norton
    Pirate Party International.

  6. Anne:
    Jan 16, 2009 at 09:38 PM

    DOUBLE STANDARDS!

    That just about sums up the UK government it is ok to extend copyright on songs but those who spend time building websites can be rapped by BT and phorm with no recompense for copyright infringement.

    Intellectual copyright is just as important if websites are not protected then songs, films books should also not be p[protected. Stop the double standards; stop the infringements stop the spying on innocent people storing private data invading their privacy.

  7. Video: Urheberrechte auf 95 Jahre ausweiten? : netzpolitik.org:
    Jan 16, 2009 at 06:32 PM

    [...] Die britische Open Rights Group erklärt in einem schönen fünf Minuten langen Video, was die Problematik hinter einer Schutzfristverlängerung für Urheberrechte ist. Das Video sollte man sich anschauen: [...]

  8. as days pass by, by Stuart Langridge — The European Parliament and the Term Extension Directive:
    Jan 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    [...] can do this through WriteToThem.) My letter is below; it takes various ideas from Open Rights Group writings and Gary Fleming’s similar [...]

  9. Eurodeputados manifestam oposição à extensão dos direitos de autor | Remixtures:
    Jan 28, 2009 at 09:07 PM

    [...] O próprio ORG chegou à cpnclusão que os principais beneficiados serão as grandes editoras discográficas e super-estrelas da música e não os artistas independentes ou músicos de estúdio. Segundo as suas contas, 80 por cento dos intérpretes apenas receberão entre um minímo de 50 cêntimos e 26,79 euros ao ano. De modo a explicar aos menos familiarizados com os direitos de autor os verdadeiros efeitos nefastos do alargamento de direitos de autor, a organização elaborou um vídeo informativo. [...]

  10. Mark Smith:
    Feb 06, 2009 at 01:14 PM

    Some of you may not be aware of the fact that authors and composers copyrights last until 70 years after their death. In the absence of a campaign to have that reduced, one must ask the question - what have you all got against performers?

  11. sven scholz - sagichdoch? » Verlängerung der Schutzfrist des Copyrights für Tonaufnahmen:
    Feb 13, 2009 at 01:02 PM

    [...] Video der Open Rights Group erläutert - leider bisher nur auf englisch - Hintergründe und Auswirkungen [...]

  12. Cannonball Jones:
    Jan 16, 2009 at 03:50 PM

    Wish I could be there in person but I'll certainly lobby my MEP about it. Hell with it, I'll chuck letters to my MP and councillors as well, can't do any harm!

  13. Come to Brussels and demand sound copyright | Opencast Public Domain content:
    Jan 18, 2009 at 04:50 PM

    [...] 3) Invite your MEP to sign the Sound Copyright petition [...]

  14. The Problem with Extending Copyright on Music | IDTorrent Blog:
    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    [...] get paid enough over those 50 years, and are in danger of being penniless. The Open Rights Group (ORG) believes that that is unacceptable. It has co-produced a video explaining why this is a bad idea [...]

  15. Blog van Vrijschrift / ScriptumLibre:
    Jan 19, 2009 at 06:43 PM

    Status commissievoorstel verlenging duur naburige rechten...


    In oktober schreven we al dat het toenmalige regeringsstandpunt inzake het onzalige plan van de Europese Commissie (2006/116/EC) om de duur van de naburige rechten te verlengen van 50 naar 95 jaar hoopgevend was. Dat standpunt is blijkens dit artikel...

  16. Video: Welche Folgen hat eine Schutzfristverlängerung? » Kontroversen:
    Jan 18, 2009 at 01:27 PM

    [...] Open Rights Group erläutert in einem schön gemachten Video, warum eine erneute Schutzfristverlängerung für [...]

  17. Savage Popcorn » Open Rights Group calls for sound copyright:
    Jan 18, 2009 at 04:22 PM

    [...] Open Rights Group has a rather good video explaining the issues. Take five minutes to watch it and then write to your [...]

  18. Jonathan Roberts:
    Jan 19, 2009 at 02:17 PM

    Just had a reply from my MEP, Roger Knapman - briefly states that he also disagrees with the proposal to extend copyright term and will do what he can to stop it.

    Cheers,

  19. Drept & Internet - noutati si opinii:
    Jan 19, 2009 at 04:23 PM

    Extinderea protectiei drepturilor conexe dreptului de autor de la 50 la 95 de ani. De ce?...

    Legea dreptului de autor din Romania prevede (ca in toata lumea) pe linga un drept de autor al celui ce creeaza opera si niste drepturi asa-numite conexe. La aceste din urma ne referim in cele ce urmeaza.

    Este vorba de drepturile artistilor interpre...

  20. Matthew Davidson:
    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:43 PM

    It would help people spread the word if this video didn't require proprietary software to view it, and if it was downloadable in a non-patent-encumbered format. I'm sure archive.org would be delighted to host it for you.



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