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EU Proposes Retroactive Copyright Extension by 45 years

According to ArsTechnica, EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has unveiled a plan to retroactively extend musical copyrights by 45 years, which would make EU musical copyrights last 95 years total. Why? They’re worried that musicians won’t continue to collect royalties when they retire and this will give them an additional 45 years during which they won’t have to produce any new music. Perhaps the only good point is that the retroactive extensions won’t take effect for any works which aren’t marketed in the first year after the extension. Additionally, while there are many non-musical retirees wishing they could get paid for 95 years after they finish working, McCreevy has not announced any new plans to help them.

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