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Denmark Now Supports EU Copyright Term Extension 145

airfoobar submitted an editorial by Bernt Hugenholtz. From the article "Bad news from Denmark. According to an official press release, the Danish government has changed its position and now endorses the European Commission's proposal to extend the term of protection for sound recordings. Since Denmark was part of a fragile blocking minority in the European Council, there is a danger now that the EU Presidency will try to push through the proposal within a matter of weeks."
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Denmark Now Supports EU Copyright Term Extension

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  • Re:Obligatory.... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Zumbs ( 1241138 ) on Thursday April 07, 2011 @04:49PM (#35750212) Homepage
    Did you look at the date of the press release? February 24th 2011. It is more than a month ago, and so far very little has been in the Danish media on the subject. Something is indeed rotten ...
  • Here's my deal (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mmcuh ( 1088773 ) on Thursday April 07, 2011 @05:01PM (#35750330)
    As long as they keep extending it, I'll keep ignoring it. I think that's fair.
  • by t2t10 ( 1909766 ) on Thursday April 07, 2011 @05:20PM (#35750592)

    Probably the most powerful counterargument is that exclusive rights in sound recordings are granted for a reason. The prospect of a temporary legal monopoly acts as an incentive for the industry to invest in recording and distributing sound recordings. Logically, the term of protection should therefore be just long enough for record companies to recoup these investments.

    That's the US reasoning. In Europe, control of their creations is viewed as an intrinsic right of artists and creators. Furthermore, any argument you make from the American point of view is going to be met by the deep-seated European conviction that there is no art or culture in the US that's worth protecting anyway so Americans should just keep out of these discussions. If you want to convince Europeans, you need to come up with a different argument. But, frankly, between European attitudes, corporate lobbying, and policy laundering, you might as well talk to a wall.

    (Remember that the current copyright insanity originated in Europe with the Berne convention; the US refused to comply for a long time, but finally gave in in the 1970's.)

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