A host of veteran British rockers and jazz performers are campaigning to extend the royalty protection of sound recordings from the 50 years currently in place to 95 years. The American recording industry extended copyright on sound recordings by 45 years in 1998 after a campaign led by late pop singer Sonny Bono. Guitarist JOE BROWN, who played with Johnny Cash and Eddie Cochran in the 1950s, says, "It's just not right. It is thieving. They give me a heating allowance but they are going to take my royalties away. "It is a matter of right and wrong. Why is this limit there in the first place?" JETHRO TULL singer IAN ANDERSON adds, "Probably 40 per cent of the greatest music you have ever heard came out of this little country of ours. "But once it disappears into the public domain it becomes instantly devalued because you, I or the bloke next door could set up a little record company and, with complete impunity, sell that music for GBP1.99 and pay not a penny in royalties. "Of course, for Pink Floyd, Elton John, ROD STEWART - and I'm not short of a few bob - this may not be a problem, but the unsung heroes of the 1950s depend on royalties to pay heating and nursing home bills." The decision to change the law lies with the European Union.