In another idle moment trawling through Hansard, here’s a great question from John Whittingdale, MP for Maldon and East Chelmsford:
When the [Under Secretary of State] considers the matter [extension in the term of copyright to 70 years] will he bear it in mind that the beneficiaries of a copyright extension will not only be friends of the Prime Minister, such as Cliff Richard and the Bee Gees, but thousands of musicians?
Perhaps he will especially bear in mind the remarks of Fast Eddie Clarke of Motörhead, who wrote to me and said:
“You may think that as a rock musician I should not expect to live until 80. I can assure you I did not think this was going to happen but… My royalties will be my pension and something to pass on to my family, so to learn that they will be stripped away before my 80th birthday is frankly unacceptable.”
Motörhead are in my Top 10 List of rock bands. Respect to Fast Eddie.