Author: Bill Evans

Music Copyright Time extended in the EU

On Monday, members of the European Union Council voted in favour of singer (and knight) Sir Cliff Richards’ proposal to give composers an extra 25 years to benefit from their musical creations. As a result, the copyright on sound recordings has been extended from 50 to 70 years.Under the 50-year rule, the copyright on songs by Richard, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who would have expired in the next few years, allowing anyone to use the songs in any way – and the performers and record labels would have ceased to receive royalties. Read more...

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Cleveland Rocks! Well, Maybe Not For Long…

Gov’t entity and agencies everywhere are scratching and clawing to come up with revenue as tax bases for things long depended on (like property tax revenues as real estate values crash). And in Cleveland–home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame–one move to “enhance the collection of existing revenue sources is hitting music venues very hard as the city seeks to collect back “admission taxes”. In a time when the clubs that are still open are trying just to stay alive some have been hit with tax bills in the $400,000 range for the 8% the city is supposed to get for each ticket sold to any...

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