Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2006-11-27 02:01
"The copyright on sound recordings will not be extended after an independent review commissioned by the Treasury."
Cheers, applause, etc.
Nice to see fair and balanced reporting from the BBC, there.
Yes, I heard it on the radio on the way in ...
Also only one side of the story ...
Exactly the same side in fact, the fellow who is quoted on the page was broadcast saying those words
"You can make a record in 1955 and have been getting royalties... been living on that and suddenly they're gone."
Yes, suddenly they've gone ... after fifty years of either having really bad business advice, or knowing that they were going to go away.
So, if you recorded a record in 1955, and you were, for the sake of argument, 18 when you did it. Then you'd be 68 when the copyright expired. Isn't that rather past retirement age (well, for the moment anyway), when most people are living on pensions?
And, shock, horror, there's nothing stopping you recording new songs!
Hmm. Just looking at it again ...
"Royalties 'gone'" - well its a good thing they put the quote marks in there.
I would like to see Cliff's face if everything he bought with the royalties over the past 50 years vanished or turned into a hole in his bank account.