09.03.08 - British Copyright Term Extension Bill Delayed
Seems there's a big push to extend copyright with little payback to the public domain... and more amazingly, someone wrote to their mp and they listened!
With a novel idea recently being proposed in Germany where Copyright holders are taxed to prevent them "squatting" on patents/copyright and opening up the market, it seems a bit arse about face to blanket extend existing copyrights without anything going back to the public.
Copyright term extension made a brief appearance in the British House of Commons recently. A currently unidentified Member of Parliament objected to the bill when it was about to be discussed in the House, stopping it in its tracks.
Open Rights Group is reporting on this recent move, but is currently unable to identify the MP who objected to the reading of the bill. The only thing available is a streaming video which showed what happened. His face is visible at 4:56:57. He is sitting on the far left side of the screen sitting in the front row.
As it stands, the bill is currently going into its second reading. The delay means that the bill will go into its second reading next Friday.
The Open Rights Group says that the delay was the result of the people who wrote to their MP to tell them to not allow the copyright term extension to go through. They are currently requesting all those that have an interest in the copyright extension debate to write to their MP and tell them what the people think about it. They also are asking for European citizens to sign a petition to stop Copyright Term Extension European-wide.
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