I’ve posted about this before: Britain to Reject Copyright Extension and Like Coals to Newcastle. Now it’s official. Unlike the U.S., which in 1998 the added 20 years to the term of copyright protection (it’s now the life of the creator plus 70 years or, for a work made for hire, between 90-120 years), last week the British government opted not to extend the copyright for sound recordings to beyond 50 years. British law tracks parallels U.S. law by protecting novelists, playwrights, and composers for their life plus 70 years. Starbucks will have to ramp up sales of Paul McCartney’s CDs or he’ll spend his dotage as a green-aproned barista.