The European Parliament, on 23 April 2009, adopted legislation extending the copyright term for musical recordings from 50 years to 70 years as from the first publication or performance of the song. The increased copyright protection will also benefit producers, who will receive additional revenues deriving from the extension. Music composers already enjoy copyright protection for 70 years after their death.

The European Commission previously proposed extending copyright protection to 95 years, but this led to strong criticism from academics. The extension to 70 years is thus a compromise, and should facilitate an agreement with national governments. The proposed legislation now has to be approved by the Council of Ministers.