PPL, the licensing body for U.K. performers and record labels, has taken the next step in its fight to extend the copyright term for musicians by signing a letter to British prime minister Gordon Brown.

The letter, which includes the signatures of 99 musicians who attended PPL’s second Annual Performer Meeting at London’s Abbey Road studios last night (Nov. 17), calls for "fair play for musicians" and urges the U.K. government to follow France, Germany and the European Commission in pushing for legislation to extend the copyright term on sound recordings.

At present, copyright on sound recordings last 50 years. PPL is one of the industry associations lobbying to extend that period to 95 years.

Others in the creative sector, such as authors, composers and writers, are covered by lifetime copyright plus 70 years. Performers and producers in sound recordings in the U.S. have copyright for 95 years from release.

"Over the last six years PPL, on behalf of all our performer and record company members, has worked quietly but resolutely on addressing this issue," said Fran Nevrkla, chairman and CEO at PPL, in a statement.

"However, we have reached a point now where this government simply has to understand that musicians feel desperately angry at being treated in this contemptuous and dismissive way. Being a second class citizen does not feel great and musicians simply are not prepared to tolerate this status any longer."

The APM also saw the re-election of LSO member Gerald Newson as chairman of the performer board.

The collecting society also revealed that it had collected £20 million ($29.9 million) in international revenues in the two years since PAMRA and AURA merged to become PPL in 2006. It predicted that performers’ international income for 2008 will reach £11.5 million ($17.2 million).