Cliff Richard - Sir Cliff Richard Copyright Law Passed By European Union
Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating after winning a new royalties battle that will extend copyright laws for songwriters.
On Monday (12Sep11), members of the European Union Council voted in favour of the Saviour's Day singer's proposal to give composers an extra 25 years to benefit from their musical creations.
As a result, the copyright on sound recordings has been extended from 50 to 70 years.
Under the 50-year rule, the copyright on songs by Richard, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who would have expired in the next few years, allowing anyone to use the songs in any way - and the performers and record labels would have ceased to receive royalties.
Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger tells the Bbc that the EU's decision was "obviously advantageous" to musicians, adding, "Obviously the record business is not what it was, so people don't earn as much as they used to. (The royalties) can extend their lives and the lives of their families who inherit their songs."
Abba star Bjorn Ulvaeus was also thrilled by the ruling, stating, "Now I won't have to see Abba being used in a TV commercial."