Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Copyright boost for music stars

Changes to copyright rules, known as Cliff's Law after campaigning by Sir Cliff Richard, mean session musicians who played on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s will continue to profit from their work for another 20 years

Changes to copyright rules mean session musicians who played on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s will continue to profit from their work for another 20 years.

The new rules, which apply only to recordings still in copyright, extends rights for performers and musicians from 50 years to 70 years.

It has been dubbed Cliff's Law after veteran hitmaker Cliff Richard backed the campaign to extend the copyright period.

The rules contain other measures including what is called a "use it or lose it" clause which allows performers and musicians to claim back their performance rights in sound recordings if they are not being commercially exploited

Minister for Intellectual Property Lord Younger said: " The new rules bring lasting benefits for our world-class recording artists. These changes demonstrate the Government's ongoing commitment to, and support for, our creative industries - who are worth billions to our economy.

"Artists who performed on sound recordings will benefit from this extension of copyright protection from 50 to 70 years. The changes should help ensure that musicians are rewarded for their creativity and hard work throughout their careers."

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