Monday, November 27

Royalties for the dead

For once, someone in charge of copyright appears to be considering the public as well as the industry. The BPI's attempt to have copyright on recordings extended to 95 years (which if applied retrospectively would copyright music back to 1911 - is there *anyone* alive who was recording music in 1911?) has got short shrift from an independent review commissioned by the Treasury. Hurrah.

In celebration, here's the Open Music Archive. Don't worry about not paying the recording artistes, as a) you don't have to, and b) they're dead.

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