The Open Rights Group website has more information on this, including the full list of names of MPs (currently 70) who have signed this motion. The ORG notes that these MPs must have been neglecting to do their homework, given that Andrew Gowers did not see any need for extending this area of copyright (see the previous IPKat posts here and here).
"...this House notes that 50 years ago Lonnie Donegan's Cumberland Gap was No. 1 in the charts for five weeks; is concerned that due to the present law governing payments for use of audio recordings this track will go out of copyright at the end of 2007 and that the family of Lonnie Donegan, who would have been 76 on 29th April, and the other performers, Denny Wright, John Nicholls and Mickey Ashman, and their company Pye Records, which produced this unique recording, will no longer receive any royalties, nor have any say in how this recording is used; is further concerned that thousands of musicians and their record companies will lose out over the next few years because of the shorter copyright term for sound recordings relative to that granted to almost all other creators, including the songwriters and the sleeve artists who enjoy copyright for the whole of their life plus a further 70 years; notes with concern that, according to a Musicians Union survey, 90 per cent. of musicians earn less than £15,000 a year, and thus acknowledges that the extension of copyright will come as a much needed financial boost to many low paid musicians; and asks the Government to make representations to the European Commission to look at this inequity".
Although he recognises that early day motions are more about MPs expressing views openly, the IPKat wonders whether these MPs have properly considered the issues involved. He also wonders how far the lobbying abilities of grasping ageing pop stars (as well as dead ones: Mr Donegan died in 2002) and record company executives extends. However, those copies of "Cumberland Gap" distributed to MPs last month (as reported by the IPKat here) have clearly had the desired effect.