EU: 'Current European copyright laws outdated'

EU: ‘Current European copyright laws outdated’.

[newsimage][/newsimage]Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda gave a speech today at  the Intellectual Property and Innovation Summit in Brussels. 

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This lady will be targeted for termination by the MPAA and RIAA.

[QUOTE=FreqNasty_RiseS;2654026]This lady will be targeted for termination by the MPAA and RIAA.[/QUOTE]
Doubt that. She brought Microsoft to its knees.

No one is realizing that she’s probably an advocate of the British Model, which is The Worst Of All. “Outmoded” is what she called handling umpteen agencies. Lock up copyrights for 50- or 99-years like these are Hong Kong leases, and everyone would realize, “Yes, they may be recent copyrights, but they’re really horrible for maintaining the public’s access to art.”

We really need streamlined and short-lived copyrights that can be easily renewed IF the artists want. There also needs to be a far better education system FOR artists to recognize what is worthwhile and what isn’t. The lawyers and producers know.

I don’t know how many of you are Old Film Fans, but giving longer copyrights prevents all of us from having access to thousands of classic films. The rightsholders pretend that withholding those from us makes us crave them all the more. Well, perhaps at first, and for a few. But what it truly does is rob generations from even KNOWING about them. The rightsholders pretend that crops-of-interest will grow without seeding the grounds first.

It’s a recipe for Old Art Famine. Old artworks that are withheld from public use should be reverted into public domain much much sooner. This is just another form of monopoly.