SIR – Musicians and artists have a paramount interest in their recordings even when the copyright term expires in Europe after 50 years (“Not-so-golden oldies”, January 8th). They create the work and give expression to the dreams, aspirations and realities of a generation, both for those listening today and those who will listen in a hundred years' time. They should be entitled to retain their copyright for at least as long as they live, and to pass it to their heirs, just like any other asset that they own. Currently in Europe, recording artists, unlike other artists, may typically lose the rights to their creation within their lifetimes and with those rights will be lost all control over how that creation is altered, packaged and sold.
I do believe he was the only person in the music industry to respond to the magazine. The band he represents also received mention in the article. I guess he has his work to do, 'Boy' goes public domain in 24 years.