Dear Mr. Crowley,
As one of your constituents, and as an aspiring writer with a vested interest in intellectual property structures, I am writing (publicly) to you to ask that you please consider opposing the proposed Copyright Term Extension in the European Parliament this week and going forward.
Copyright term extension does not protect general artists, for whom a creative work is almost never going to be commercially viable after 50 years in any case. Term extension does not encourage creative works, or encourage development of existing works.
All that a copyright term extension will do is help to lock away culturally valuable works for another few decades. In all cases, the artist or author will have already been rewarded if a reward was due in terms of their success and sales or licensing. In all cases, if the work is still relevant to anyone, it is because it has become part of our culture and should no longer be regarded as the sole property of any one person or rights holder. In all cases, a term extension would deny us our right to discuss, derive and develop a work that was significant enough decades ago to remain important to us now.
Copyright serves its function in protecting authors and artists already. Some might say that the system is overzealous in an age when works can be monetised and shared with unprecedented speed and reach. The last thing that artists need is further protection, and it's the last thing that society will benefit from in this area.
I urge you to make vocal your objection to term extension, and stand up for artists and authors who deserve a chance to make their own advancements on the achievements of their predecessors. These are the artists of today, whose rights you will be representing when you make your opinions known.
This email will be posted online, as will any further correspondence unless you ask otherwise. I eagerly await your thoughts on this issue.
Cathal Garvey, BSc
Constituent of Cork, Ireland