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The Mystery of Brussels January 13, 2009

Posted by Dominic in Uncategorized.

The inner workings of the European political machinery remain a mystery. Decisions are made, although it is unclear who makes them. Likewise, meetings happen, with details emerging late in the day from unnamed sources. An email today, with a link to a page with a reference to an agenda, reveals that copyright term is to be discussed at the Legal Affairs Committee next week. How will the debate go?

All MEPs claim to have the best interests of musicians at heart. Some show that by backing the Copyright Term Directive, as requested by thousands of performers. Others have their own unique interpretation of what is best for musicians.

One MEP thinks performers will benefit from having to register all their 50-year old recordings (presumably on some mythical EU database). She then goes on to propose that these recordings must be made available free of charge. It’s hard to see the benefit to musicians in these proposals.

We will find out next week which MEPs genuinely have the interests of musicians at heart.



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