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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

New edition of Richard Arnold's Performers' Rights out NOW

Are you looking for some last-minute Christmas present for a special person? 

Then here's the perfect idea. 

The 1709 Blog has in fact just found out that the 5th edition of the most authoritative work on Performers' Rights has finally been released. 

The author, The Hon Mr Justice Arnold, requires no introduction.

According to the publisher's website, this essential handbook for practitioners advising performers, their representatives, exploiters of performers’ rights and their representatives provides an in-depth treatment of performers’ statutory rights under Part II of the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act and subsequent legislation, together with broad coverage of the legal position of performers more generally.

Overall, Performers' Rights:

·        Explains the nature and duration of performers’ rights, including the key case law
·        Sets out the key definitions, including “performers”, “ownership” and “broadcasting”, as well as the categories of live performance
·        Explains the relationship between performers’ rights and recording rights
·        Discusses each type of infringement of performers’ rights – and the available defences
·        Explains proceedings – who can sue, who can be sued, and where – and the different remedies available
·        Covers moral rights as they apply to performers
·        Explains the various criminal offences
·        Analyses the contracts available to protect rights, including assignment and licences
·        Covers other protections, such as authorship, copyright in sound recordings and films, and passing off
·        Sets out the protection in key countries, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa and USA
·        Reproduces the relevant parts of legislation, rules, regulations, treaties, conventions and agreements

Classic reaction when your
child does NOT receive
a copyright book at Christmas
What has happened since the 4th edition was released?

·        The case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning communication to the public
·        The case law of the Court of Justice of the EU concerning exceptions and limitations
·        Domestic case law including Henderson v All Around the World Recordings [here]

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