Earlier this week there was a report that the UK may be considering extending copyright terms for sound recordings from 50 years to 90. The Wired article makes it clear that the UK project may be part of a wider strategy from the IFPI and the music industry to push for European change.

The problem is the arguments used to support this extension, which are blatantly about extending the period of profit-making by the music industry, this at a time where the model is under threat by new technologies. With more and more musicians choosing to use the internet to bypass the intermediary, there is a slim possibility that the market could change entirely. As evidenced by this article, there is growing criticism that some people are not so willing to listen to the inflated statistics and pleas from an industry that is doing the best to alienate their customers.

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