September 30, 1995
CLINTON SUPPORTS COPYRIGHT EXTENSION
BY BILL HOLLAND
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Clinton administration has thrown its support behind
Senate copyright legislation that would extend the term of copyright from life
plus 50 years to life plus 70 years.
Bruce Lehman, assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of Patents and
Trademarks, says the extended term is necessary for the U.S. to be able to
compete with its European partners in international trade. Most European communities
already have instituted the longer term or are planning to initiate it.
Lehman told Billboard he agrees with the administration for choosing to support "an
economic incentive over a smaller authors-rights issue." He added that "in
a capitalistic society, things can get a little rough sometimes," but
that the "greater economic good" had to be considered.
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