Well done Sir Cliff - Changes in copyright law
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The new law seeks to harmonise the duration of copyright for
co-written works, establishing a term of 70 years after the last
surviving author dies. This is important as currently the provisions
differ depending on where you live in the EU.
The extension of the sound recording term and harmonisation
are two of the most important additions but in addition the following
are worthy of note:-
1. Record companies that fail to exploit a record after 50
years lose the right to monetise it, this is called the “use it or lose
2. Record companies cannot withhold or deduct performance
royalties after 50 years.
3. All producers are required to set aside 20 percent of all
revenues from sound recording sales for a session artist.
All these rules need to be incorporated in to any agreement
reached between the record companies and the artists.
The legislation can be found here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/1782/pdfs/uksiem_20131782_en.pdf,
that is The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances
Regulations 2013 implement EU Directive 2011/77.
Written by Michael Coyle
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-11-30 15:11:30 in Legal Articles