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The European Union (EU) agreed today to increase the time for the protection of the rights of performers and phonogram producers on their recordings for 50 to 70 years, to adopt a directive by qualified majority. The objective is to increase the level of protection of the performers through the recognition of their creative and artistic contribution, explained the Council of the EU in a statement (in English). This was an old claim of European musicians and known with the name of Cliff law by musician Cliff Richards, flag of the campaign of this legislative change. The approved text was proposed by the European Commission in 2008 and approved by the European Parliament in 2009. Now, the EU Member States will have to incorporate these measures into their national legislation within a period of two years. Source of the news:: EU extends to 70 years the protection of musicians

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