04 February 2008

Is Sarko Uxorious?

You can't help wondering whether Sarkozy's chanteuse missus had something to do with this one:

Taking a position contrary to that of the British Government, the French President is to fight for an extension to the 50-year period under which musical recordings are protected by European copyright.

Particularly annoying is this comment:

Mr Sarkozy, who loads his iPod with Hallyday and Elvis for his jogs in the Bois de Boulogne, will make copyright extension a priority for France's six-month turn in the European Union presidency, which starts in July.

Christine Albanel, the Culture Minister, has already asked the European Commission to do the groundwork.

“Today, whole swaths of the recording catalogue of the 1950s and 1960s, representing a significant part of the national pop heritage, are falling progressively into the public domain,” she said.

What this neglects to take into account is the fact that falling into the public domain is a gain for the public - and hence the actual moment when it becomes part of the "national pop heritage" - and that the gain vastly outweighs any minimal effect it has on ageing rockers' royalties. Unfortunately, with this action, as with others (including the "three strikes and you're out" approach to fighting filesharing), Sarkozy shows himself to be an old man - however young his new wife may be.


james burke said...

Go tell loic lemeur about this as he has sarko's ear as one of his advisors. I'm sure loic will tell him to drop the idea.....

Glyn Moody said...

Somehow I think that La Carla will have rather more influence than Loic....