Music label fights copyright plans

Classical record label Naxos has hired DJH Associates to fight EU proposals to lengthen copyright for recordings from 50 to 95 years.

The Hong Kong-based label, which remasters and sells recordings that original publishers no longer offer, is concerned that should the legislation go through, older recordings will either not be available or carry a much higher price.

Naxos UK MD Anthony Anderson said: 'In June, 50 MPs signed an Early Day Motion calling for copyright protection to be extended, supported by lobbying from major labels and groups.

We want our opportunity to be heard.'

The European Commission is expected to produce a draft directive next year.

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