The chances of European music copyright being almost doubled appear to dimming after the UK government and a minority of other member states on Friday voted down European Commission’s proposed extension from 50 to 95 years, which was endorsed by the European Parliament in February. As Music Week reports, UK innovation and skills minister John Denham is in favour of a 70-year deal that he says would artists a bigger share of digital download revenue. Even this extension is opposed by digital liberties campaigners like Open Rights Group, however.
A second European Parliament vote on the legislation text is tabled for next month but, without majority backing, it cannot be passed. Yet Denham is still confident a deal can be struck (via FT.com): “It is clear that today