Recently the Green Party proposed reducing copyright term to 14 years after death, to encourage creativity through a more regularly refreshed public domain.
Fans of Copyright history will be aware that the Statute Of Anne initially prescribed a copyright term of 14 years, and the 1842 Copyright Act provided the first post-life term of 7 years. The term has continuously lengthened and now stands at life plus 70 years for literary and musical works, and sound recordings recently increased from 50 to 70 years.
BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress and CultureTalkClub in association with City Law School have created a Talking Copyright forum for discussing the contentious topic of term reduction.
This British Black Music Month (BBMM2015) event is open to music fans, musicians, songwriters, academics, legal eagles, and music industry and IP/copyright practitioners.
Panellists: Sian Berry (Green Party spokesperson and 2016 London Mayoral candidate), Vick Bain (BASCA CEO), Jim Killock (Open Rights Group Executive Director), Hugh Francis (songwriter/music publisher); co-chairs Enrico Bonadio (City University London Law School senior lecturer) & Kwaku (BBM/BMC founder)
Friday June 19, 6-9pm
Room A110, College Building, City University London, St John Street, London EC1V 4PB (The building is marked "A": http://www.city.ac.uk/visit#9541=1)
Free, but must pre-book via www.BBM.eventbrite.com