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Competition Killer: Why the Copyright Term Extension For Sound Recordings Will Limit Consumer Choice and Increase Costs - Michael Geist
As the negative coverage of the government's surprise decision to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings and performances mounts (Billboard, National Post), it is worth remembering that it is Canadian consumers that will bear the costs with decreased choice and increased prices. I touch on this in my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version), but a more detailed discussion is warranted (see here, here, and here for previous posts on the proposed extension). The question of competition and consumer costs was addressed in several leading European reports on intellectual property and term extension. The University of Cambridge's Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law reviewed the economic evidence related to term extension for sound recordings, stating: