Extension from 50 to 70 years of the term of protection of the phonogram producer’s rights on musical works’ recordings

On 11 March 2014, the Legislative Decree 21 February 2014 n. 22, implementing the directive 2011/77/EU of the European Parliament and of the European Council, amending the directive 2006/11/EC on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights, has been published in the Italian Official Gazette.

First of all, this provision has amended article 75 of Italian Copyright law n. 633/1941, extending to 70 years the term of protection of the phonogram producer’s rights on musical works’ recordings. According to part one of the above-mentioned decree, the period of 70 years shall begin: (i) from the date of the first lawful publication, if, in the previous 50 years, the phonogram was lawfully published; or (ii) from the date of the first communication to the public, if, in the previous 50 years, the phonogram has not been lawfully published, but it has been lawfully communicated to the public…

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