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Celebrate “Move It!” hitting 50

In 2008, Cliff Richard’s first hit, “Move It!,” will come out of copyright because the British government just refused to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings from 50 years to 70 years after the artist dies.

Richard’s is up in arms about this. Instead, lets help Cliff Richard celebrate the ultimate success of his work: Fifty years later, it’s touched enough people that it matters that it’s moving into the public domain.

Congratulations, Cliff! You should be very proud that you have the opportunity to see something you made become something all culture now can rely on! [Tags: ]

5 Responses to “Celebrate “Move It!” hitting 50”

  1. I see that the metric isn’t “years after the artist dies.” Otherwise, I was going to be very impressed that he was “up in arms” about this (or anything else!).

  2. One of my buttons just got pushed.

    I better thing to do to “adjust” copyright would be to change the term for authors to agree with that for musicians. I.e. copyright for authors lasts for 50 years after first publication. And if you ask me, 50 years is even way to long.

    Rant: When are folks going to learn that the purpose of copyright is not to create and maintain revenue streams.
    The purpose of copyright is to provide an incentive for advancement of the sciences and arts.

    So, did Cliff Richard continue to make great music? He did? Good, copyright achieved its purpose and there’s no need for change.

    He didn’t? Then copyright failed and should be fixed, and extending the term sure ain’t going to fix it!

  3. Rant: What’s wrong with granting copyright for the life of the creator? What gives government the right to allow me or people like me permission to mess with something that the author would prefer to control? Stealing the rights to a creative work is as senseless and arbitrary as permitting patents on genomes. In the first case ownership is not in doubt; and the second case is as absurd as giving Scheele and Priestley a patent on oxygen and permitting them to license its use.

  4. Remember, if Cliff’s fans believe he still deserves to be rewarded for publishing “Move It!” then they can now legally republish umpteen zillion copies of it and voluntarily continue to pay Cliff his normal, miniscule royalty on the sales they make.

    In fact, given that fans are the primary demand for an artist’s music, perhaps they can dispense with copyright entirely and deal directly with them from day one?

  5. Living long enough to see your work enter the public domain should, in itself, be seen as a crowning achievement in an illustrious career. Look on the bright side, Cliff!

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