“I’m going to say something very controversial now. I don’t think there should be a term of copyright. If I buy a house, I own it forever. It’s my property. If I have intellectual property, I should have it forever.”
Andrew Jenkins has just stepped down as chairman of the board of the ICMP, and is president of Universal Music Publishing Group for Australia and Asia-Pacific.
It’s fair to say his on-stage interview at Midem’s Copyright Summit last week didn’t pull any punches on his views on attempts to reduce the term of copyright.
“It shouldn’t be 50 years. It shouldn’t be 25 years. It should be forever. I should be able to pass it on to my family. I don’t understand why we treat one type of property differently,” said Jenkins.
“I can certainly pass on the value of my house to my children, they can pass it on to their children and their children’s children, etc,” he continued. “My wife is a singer and songwriter. She works very very hard to do what she does. Distribution models don’t deserve to benefit off the back of her work. She does.”