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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Music Tank tackles "Creators’ Rights In The Digital Landscape" on November 10th

The Next Music Tank panel debate is a topical one, titled Creators’ Rights In The Digital Landscape and it's on November 10th in London

"in the first half of 2015, over 1 trillion songs, movies and TV series have been streamed online - more than double the amount in 2014 - yet performers still do not receive a fair share of the income generated by their recorded performances."

JOIN THE DEBATE THAT CONSIDERS HOW THOSE WITH LITTLE NEGOTIATION POWER CAN MORE FAIRLY SHARE IN THE EVOLUTION OF DIGITAL PLATFORMS

This think tank considers the pressing issue of creators’ rights and remuneration in the digital landscape.  It is informed by the presentation of a recently published free insight paper by Fiona McGugan, Making Available, Communication To The Public & User Interactivity, which considers the evolution of communication rights that overshadow conventional distribution and reproduction rights as music consumption increasingly shifts away from ownership, towards access models of streaming services. Understanding how this right is applied, territorial variations in the application of rights, and how licensing structures are determined according to the levels of user-interactivity of digital services lie-at the heart of possibly the single biggest issue facing the music industry in recent times - how much artists get paid.

Joining Report author Fiona McGugan (Featured Artists Coalition & Music Managers Forum) will be Horace Trubridge (Assistant General Secretary, Musicians Union); Benoît Machuel (General Secretary, International Federation of Musicians) and Alexander Ross (Partner, Wiggin LLP) and chaired by MusicTank chair, Keith Harris. Other panellists to be added.

Date & Time: Tues 10 Nov; 18.30 - 21.00 hrs | Venue: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent St. London, W1B 2UW | Cost: Earlybird rates currently apply!  MT members £20, standard £30 (students £15) |  BOOK HERE

Even better - there's a 1709 Blog Event discount: Our readers can receive £5 off the standard rate of the event using the promo code: CRITDL1115

The Music Tank Insight Paper:  Making Available, Communication To The Public & User Interactivity can be obtained as a free PDF download from this link: http://bit.ly/MakingAvail2015: And here's a convenient summary: Aside from the report making 4 recommendations, it hosts a detailed study of a little understood/ little known right which is actually pivotal in determining creators’ royalty payments from digital platforms.  Given the regular outpourings of ‘unfair’ from the creator community with regards their statements from streaming platforms, it does raise a central question as to whether technically speaking, rightsholders have actually legally obtained this right necessary in granting licenses to digital platforms.

Image of the Orchestra of the Munich University of Applied Science by Mark Kamin

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