EU, U.S. sing different tune on copyrights

  • 2003-01-16
  • Ron Synovitz
The European Union's 50-year copyright protection rule on musical recordings is allowing thousands of records from the early 1950s to enter the public domain in Europe, even though U.S. law protects the rights of record producers for 95 years after a recording is first released.Industry experts say the difference between U.S. and EU copyright laws on musical recordings could lead to a trade dispute during the next decade and increased opportunities for Eastern Europe-based pirates.That's because the records involved are the earliest efforts by musicians that continue to have a mass-marketi...
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