Copyright boost for music stars
Changes to copyright rules mean session musicians who played on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s will continue to profit from their work for another 20 years.
The new rules, which apply only to recordings still in copyright, extend rights for performers and musicians from 50 years to 70 years.
It has been dubbed Cliff's Law after veteran hitmaker Sir Cliff Richard backed the campaign to extend the copyright period.
The rules contain other measures including what is called a "use it or lose it" clause which allows performers and musicians to claim back their performance rights in sound recordings if they are not being commercially exploited
Minister for Intellectual Property Lord Younger said: " The new rules bring lasting benefits for our world-class recording artists. These changes demonstrate the Government's ongoing commitment to, and support for, our creative industries - who are worth billions to our economy.
"Artists who performed on sound recordings will benefit from this extension of copyright protection from 50 to 70 years. The changes should help ensure that musicians are rewarded for their creativity and hard work throughout their careers."