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"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Copyright Extension

Because of the Gowers Review and consequent shake-up of Intellectual Property system that's going to ensue in its wake, the music industry are pushing particularly hard for copyright term extension in sound recordings: keeping existing songs private for a much longer period (from the existing 50 years to life plus 70). I'll blog later on about why this would be a quite spectacularly bad idea, but for now, would anyone who gets on this page please just sign this petition. If you just can't wait to here me talk about the idiocy of copyright extension, here's Thomas Babington Macaulay saying the same thing with considerably more eloquence.


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