Sir Paul, U2 and Eric Clapton have joined thousands of other British musicians in an appeal to the government to extend the British copyright protection on their recordings. The performers took out a full-page advertisement in the Financial Times newspaper calling for "fair play for musicians," in response to a report recommending that the government maintain its current laws granting copyrights on sound recordings and performers' rights for 50 years. This means that as 2012, tunes such as Love Me Do and I Saw Her Standing There would become public domain.
In the United States, copyright protection is granted for 95 years. It is feared that British musicians might move to the USA to extend their copyright protection. Signatories to the advertisement included 3,500 record companies and 40,000 performers.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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