Europe extending public domain? Bye Bye Beatles?

by Jack Richins

Europe is planning on extending their copyright to match the US’s, from 50 years to 95 years. Just before the Beatles UK recordings, and those of many others from the British Invasion, were about to enter public domain in 2013. Coincidence, I think not.
 
I like Lessig’s explaination of public domain:

Meanwhile, as a demonstration of the value of the public domain, if you’re not in the US, you can get access to this fantastic collection of 1500 LPs of classical music, in the public domain in Europe, but not in the US, digitized and made available by the EuropeanArchive. Don’t count on access to this anytime soon, United States: Nothing published will enter the public domain in the US through the expiration of a copyright term until 2019.

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