Too much is never enough? the 2011 Copyright in Sound Recordings Extension Directive

Benjamin Farrand

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The Copyright in Sound Recordings Extension Directive (2011/77/EU) was approved by the Council of Ministers and enacted on September 12, 2011. Hailed as a victory for the protection of ageing performers reliant on the royalties amassed in recorded music, the Directive extended the term of protection for sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. However, the Term Extension Directive has been criticised by consumer advocate groups and some Member States as providing little protection and incentive to artists, while potentially damaging the public domain. As this article seeks to demonstrate,
while record labels and superstar artists may benefit from this extension, the benefits to most performers and consumers appear negligible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-304
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Intellectual Property Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


  • copyright
  • musical works
  • EU Law
  • intellectual property law
  • term of protection
  • performer's rights

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