Making a Living from his Living Doll

Sir Cliff Richard has won the fight to have a 20 year extension on his music copyright extending it from 50 to 70 years after a new directive by the European Union.  “Cliff’s Law” is the result of a long running campaign to extend copyright on his songs, such as Living Doll, which was produced in 1959. The campaign was supported by hundreds of veteran musicians who have welcomed the extension as they will continue to benefit from royalties; however, the economic impact is less certain.

In a nutshell:

  • Music copyright will be extended to 70 years under new copyright laws sanctioned by the European Union directive made on Monday 12th September 2011.  
  • The directive is expected to be implemented by EU member states by 2014.
  • Copyright will be reinstated on recordings that had fallen out of protection but are less than 70 years old.
  • This new law will apply to performers as composers and song writers already have copyright protection for 70 years after their death. 

To find out further information about this directive please see wired-gov.net by clicking here.