Musicians add their support to term extension

Musicians add their support to term extension

Will Birch (musician, producer, songwriter and author): "Fantastic news and it means that a lot of musicians like myself will benefit financially from the extra twenty years. But I must just say that, as songwriter and published author where rights last for much longer, this is only fair."

Sheila Bromberg (session musician for artists including The Beatles): "As a working musician who recorded with a number of well known artists, particularly in the sixties and seventies, this twenty year extension granted to recordings finally recognises and more fairly rewards the work I did all those years ago. It may not be huge sums of money but to an OAP as I am, it is welcome."

Hugh Cornwell - The Stranglers: "This is fantastic news for performers. Thank God there are people like the PPL out there battling for this stuff, so we can get on with the playing...."

Paloma Faith (musician): "As an artist who invests so much time, passion and spirit, into making music, I am pleased that I, along with my fellow artists will be paid in line with the rest of Europe. We absolutely do not go into making music for the money, but it is only right that we are paid fairly for the work we do. The extension of term is fantastic news for UK artists and the UK recording music industry as a whole."

Pat Halling (session musician for many artists including The Beatles): "I am a working musician, continuing today to be involved in recording and live concerts. Over the past sixty years as a studio musician I have played for numerous artists ranging from The Beatles to John Williams to name just two. On behalf of all my generation we are eternally grateful for all the hard work that has been done to ensure this much deserved victory for the 'little guys' that help us benefit from the revision of the copyright laws."

Jools Holland OBE (musician, composer and broadcaster): "It is fantastic news to hear that copyright term has been extended to 70 years. Artists put their hearts and souls into creating music and it is only fair that they are recompensed in line with the rest of Europe. It's important that creators get paid for the work they do and this extra twenty years is much deserved."

Dame Cleo Laine: "On behalf of all jazz musicians, this is a great result and welcome news. It's never easy to make money in the field of jazz so this extension, which will mean extra royalties, is critically important. In addition, it's also only right and fair for all of us to earn from our creative endeavours. My thanks to all, politicians included, for making this happen!"

Judd Lander (Session Musician - many artists including Paul McCartney, Spice Girls and Culture Club): "This has been a long time coming and is something that make sense and is fair for all musicians. It's a tough business at the best of times - and these are difficult times! So any extra royalty revenues, and I can speak on behalf of lots of session musicians, is very welcome."

Phil Manzanera - Roxy Music: "I'm very pleased that this important piece of legislation has finally been voted through. I have been very fortunate in my own music career and worked with many recording musicians around the world to whom these extra revenue royalties will be significant. My thanks to all involved. It's a good day for session musicians!"

Tom McGuinness - Manfred Mann: "I was lucky enough to be able to meet some of the politicians here and in Brussels who voted through this legislation. They listened to us and now musicians such as myself will not lose our recordings. In fact, we'll get a slightly better deal because of the provisions they have put in the legislation."

Phil Pickett (musician, composer and producer): "Fantastic news! And my thanks to PPL and others for their tenacity and belief in pulling off a great result. I am proud to have played a small part in the lobbying process so I would also like to thank all the politicians who voted in favour of term extension and finally seeing the cultural importance of the contribution of countless session musicians who deserve this extension from an economic point of view."

Raphael Ravenscroft (saxophonist for many artists, recorded solo on Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street'): "This is fantastic news for the many musicians like myself who have spent hours in the studio working with many different colleagues on countless recordings. I am thrilled because it gives us fairness with other creators and recognises and rewards the contribution we all make."

Les Reed OBE (musician and composer): "To say that I was totally overcome by the wonderful news of the extension of copyright for performers, from 50 to 70 years is, without doubt, the understatement of the century!

"I know that I speak on behalf of all my fellow musicians/performers, when I say that without the tremendous work carried out by PPL on our behalf, against opposition, this situation would never have evolved. Thanks to PPL, we can all be assured that true justice has taken place and we will all be eternally grateful.

"Having personally been involved in session work as pianist/md/arranger since 1958, I now don't have to worry that our John Barry Seven, Adam Faith, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck recordings, amongst others, are jeopardised for at least another 20 years."


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