The European Commissioner for the Internal Market has proposed to extend the term of copyright protection for sound recordings from 50 to 95 years. Commissioner McCreevy explained the benefits of this proposal for European performing artists, who are able to earn a living as long as recordings of their performances are protected by copyright. Under the current regime, thousands of European performers (including both session musicians and featured artists) who recorded in the 1950s and 1960s would lose all of their airplay royalties over the next ten years—at a time when these royalties are often their sole income. The proposal should ensure performers continue to receive income during their lifetime and is expected to be adopted by the Commission later this year.