“After a UK government-led commission said that the current 50-year term for musical copyrights was fine, and the government last year publicly agreed that there was no need to extend the term, culture minister Andy Burnham yesterday made the logical follow-up announcement that yes, the government would now push for a 20-year extension on copyright. Turns out, it’s the moral thing to do. Actually, by framing the issue as a ‘moral case,’ Burnham gets to sidestep the entire issue of logic. Critics have already begun to charge that he is ignoring actual evidence and the well-regarded conclusions of the Gowers Report (PDF), not to mention previous government policy. But when the issue becomes a moral one and the livelihood of aging performers is at stake, it’s suddenly easier to avoid cost/benefit analysis.”
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Bits of Freedom is the Dutch digital rights organization, focusing on privacy and communications freedom in the digital age.
Bits of Freedom strives to influence legislation and self-regulation, on a national and a European level.
Bits of Freedom is one of the founders and a member of European Digital Rights (EDRi).