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cliffrichard3One of the copyright anomalies seems to becoming to an end. The EU has ratified a draft directive that the copyright in musical performances will be extended from 50 to 70 years. In addition, if a record label fails to offer a record to the public insufficient quantities then the draft directive allows for the rights to revert to the performer.

There has been a sustained campaign to make this change. Many musical performances from the 1960s were at risk of falling out of copyright and as some of these performers now face their dotage they wish for the royalties to continue and serve as a pension.

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copyright3USA Copyright Termination Laws make Record Companies wish Artists would Funk Off.

Whoever drafted the 1976 US Copyright Act must have taken the Who’s lyric “I hope I die before I get old” a little too literarily. The law came into effect on 1January 1978 and under its terms once 35 years has elapsed the author of a song can reclaim the ownership of their recordings from the record companies to which they were assigned. The trouble for the record companies is there are many writers and composers who have not exited stage left at the age of 27 like Kurt Kurbain and Jimi Hendrix.

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bucks3Eurovision song contest winners battle for the right to use pop group’s original name

Just over 30 years ago a British pop group called Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest with a song called Making Your Mind Up. The annual Eurovision Song Contest started in 1950s and is organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with various European countries submitting an entry and then the different countries vote who should win. Its greatest claim to fame is that it brought Abba to the forefront when they won their Waterloo in Brighton, Sussex in 1974. However, the song contest has taken on a more political tone, and the concept of Europe expanded to include over the years Israel, Russia and with the dominance of the BRIC countries no doubt Brazil or China will compete in this “European” competition.

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