Extension to Copyright in the EU

In support of the Open Rights Group -It is critically important to understand that legitimate copyright is important but it is not reasonable to support its extension given the transformative aspects of medium and technology over the years. The creation of the internet has allowed dissemination channels not previously imagined and extending the range of copyright will make it more difficult for creative artists.

The European Parliament is set to vote on whether to double the term of copyright in sound recordings. Please register your concern at an event on the proposed Term Extension Directive, on Tuesday 27 January 2009 in the European Parliament in Brussels:http://soundcopyright.eventbrite.com/This flawed Directive has been unanimously condemned by Europe’s leading intellectual property research centres. The European Parliament must address the mounting concerns of consumer groups and copyright users if they want a modern, workable copyright policy. Please, if you can, come to Brussels and register your concern.If you can’t make it, please forward this mail to your MEP (you can get their contact details here:

http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Political_Memory) and ask them to:

*Strongly oppose this legislation

*Attend the 27 January event on your behalf

*Sign the Sound Copyright petition (http://www.soundcopyright.eu/petition)

*Watch the Open Rights Groups’ cartoon “How copyright term extension in Sound Recordings actually works”

SPREAD THE WORD: HOW COPYRIGHT TERM EXTENSION IN SOUND RECORDINGS ACTUALLY WORKS:

The Open Rights Group and animators Eclectech, whose work has included pieces for Friends of the Earth and No2ID in the UK, have produced a short animation explaining “How copyright term extension in Sound Recordings actually works”. Check it out at the link below and show your friends and your MEPs why term extension is a really bad idea.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kijON_XODUk

ANDREW GOWERS HITS OUT AT “OUT OF TUNE” TERM EXTENSION:

The former editor of the Financial Times, Andrew Gowers, hit out at the UK Government’s suggestion that they should consider a copyright extension as “out of tune with reality”. Gowers original evidence-based review for the UK Government concluded against extending copyright.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ba280756-ca07-11dd-93e5-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1

The ORG privacy policy is online at http://www.openrightsgroup.org/privacy-policy/

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