France backs term extension for sound recordings
It seems that the show’s not over for an extension to the copyright term of sound recordings. According to an article in Friday’s Times,
“Today, whole swathes of the recording catalogue of the 1950s and 1960s, representing a significant part of the national pop heritage, are falling progressively into the public domain…That creates an obvious problem of fairness. Artists who began their careers very young are being stripped today of all remuneration from their first recordings.”
The IPKat can’t quite share Ms Albanel’s indignation. There aren’t many other industries where success in your youth guarantees you an income for life.
Speaking of the French, they will be the only people able to understand last week’s Art.8(5) (dilution and unfair advantage) CFI case regarding the CAMEL trade mark, which still isn’t available in English. Even worse, Professor Lionel Bently has informed the IPKat that the ECJ’s judgment in Procter & Gamble v. OHIM, Case C-107/03P (23 Sept 2004) is not available in English from the ECJ’s website. The IPKat could (very very grudgingly) understand why a CFI judgment mightn’t be translated instantly, but a more than three year wait for an ECJ decision is very poor.