The European Commission has adopted a number of copyright related initiatives. The Commission has proposed extending the term of protection for recorded performances and the records themselves from 50 to 95 years in order to align the copyright term for performers with that applicable to authors. The Commission has also proposed a uniform way of calculating the term of protection of a musical composition (containing contributions by several authors) that will expire 70 years after the death of the last surviving author (i.e., the author of the lyrics or the composer of the music). In parallel, the Commission has adopted a Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy. The consultation document will assess whether the current copyright framework sufficiently protects knowledge products and whether authors and publishers are encouraged to create and disseminate electronic versions of these products.