David Bisbal will perform in a special concert at the European Parliament in Strasbourg Tuesday (Oct. 24). The Spanish crooner will also appeal to Parliament President Josep Borrell to extend term of
David Bisbal will perform in a special concert at the European Parliament in Strasbourg Tuesday (Oct. 24). The Spanish crooner will also appeal to Parliament President Josep Borrell to extend term of protection for music recordings in the European Union.
Bisbal, whose new album "Premonición" (Vale Music) is currently No. 1 in the Spanish sales chart, is one of only a handful of artists to perform in front of Euro-MPs in their Strasbourg chamber.
Bisbal will head a delegation to meet Borrell that includes Vale Music President Ricardo Campoy; IFPI President and CEO John Kennedy; and Antonio Guisasola, director of Spanish music industry federation Promusicae.
"Term of protection," or copyright protection for sound recordings, expires after 50 years in the EU. The IFPI is leading a campaign to raises this limit, and points to the United States and other key countries with longer terms.
In the Untied States, term of protection is now 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever expires first. Other countries with longer term of protection include Australia (70 years), Singapore (70), Mexico (75), Brazil (70), Turkey (70) and India (60).
Bisbal said term of protection ensured the music industry had some return on its investments in young talents -- as he once was. "Now I want other young artists who are passionate about music to have the same chance to follow their dream," Bisbal said in a statement. "If recordings were protected for longer in Europe, record companies would be able to invest even more in discovering and developing exciting new talent."