The Copyright Alliance has entered into the boisterous British debate on term of copyright.
The Washington-based copyright body has openly criticized the government-backed Gowers Review on intellectual property, which recommended that the government retain the current 50-year term of copyright for sound recordings.
"While the Gowers Review, commissioned and authored last year, contains positive recommendations regarding domestic and international enforcement against piracy," writes Copyright Alliance executive director Patrick Ross in a statement, "it also contains certain misconceptions regarding copyright and, in overlooking the discrepancy in authors' rights, unfairly discriminates against performers."
Despite unwavering industry lobbying for an extension in the term, the British government on Tuesday (July 24) confirmed it would stand by the findings of the Treasury-commissioned Gowers study.
"Legislators worldwide must understand one fundamental point -- copyright isn't anti-consumer," adds Ross in the document posted on the Copyright Alliance Web site. "Copyright stimulates creativity and it promotes culture. Copyright has been proven to be good for commerce, good for the economy, and therefore beneficial for consumers. Copyright is not an obstacle to the enjoyment of creative works, it provides the critical framework for those works to be enjoyed in the first place."
Fran Nevrkla, chairman and CEO of U.K. members services organization recently became the first European-based executive to be appointed to the board of the Copyright Alliance.
Nevrkla and the PPL have been among the driving forces in the U.K. industry's campaign to push the copyright term beyond 70 years.