Streaming: help us change the game!

Whilst music streaming businesses develop at a quick pace, performers are still not rewarded fairly – if at all – when their performances are exploited online.

Together with 3 other international organisations (AEPO-ARTIS, FIA and IAO), FIM is involved in the Fair Internet campaign, which is asking for the introduction in EU law of a fair and equitable remuneration to be paid to performers every time their performances are used online.

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Taking atypical workers into account in the audiovisual and performing arts sectors

Amsterdam workshop 2015-05

In Amsterdam, on 20 May 2015, FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and the EFJ organised the first workshop of their joint project on the protection and representation of “atypical” workers, i.e. those who are not employed by a permanent contract. This project has the financial backing of the European Commission and the assistance of a consultant, Pascale Charhon, tasked with collecting information needed for research work within the scope of the project.

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IFPI attacking performers’ remuneration rights

In April 2015, IFPI wrote to the Kenyan Copyright Office to demand removal of Section 30A of the Kenyan Copyright Act. Adopted in 2012 after a wide debate, this exemplary provision provides performers with equitable remuneration for the broadcasting and communication to the public of their performances, but also for the right of making available on demand, bringing it in line with what FIM, EuroFIA, AEPO-ARTIS and IAO are demanding in Europe.

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Sweden | LO TCO grows into “Union to Union”

Union To Union

SACO, the Swedish confederation of professional associations (22 affiliated associations and 650 000 members), has joined LO and TCO in their work in favour of democracy, fair distribution of resources, sustainable development, human rights at work and development of trade unions worldwide.

On 7 May 2015, Union to Union has thus officially replaced LO TCO Biståndsnämnd.

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EU Commission’s digital strategy overlooks performers’ need for a fair remuneration

EU Commission

On May 6th, The European Commission unveiled its Digital Single Market Strategy. According to the Commission, this strategy includes a set of targeted actions built on three pillars:
1. Enabling a better access to digital goods and services for consumers and businesses across Europe;
2. Creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish;
3. Maximising the growth potential of the digital economy.

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Asia | WIPO regional meeting

WIPO regional meeting | Singapore

A regional WIPO meeting (‘Opportunities and Challenges in the Implementation of the Beijing and Marrakesh Treaties’) took place in Singapore from 27 to 29 April 2015. FIA, FIM, the Spanish collecting society AISGE, IFPI and MPA (U.S.) were invited to present the position of rightholders with regard to the Beijing Treaty before forty representatives from twenty-five countries of the Asia-Pacific region (in particular China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam).

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Europe | Skills Council project (AV & live performance)

Skills Council project | Tallinn workshop

Social partners in European audiovisual and performing arts sectoral social dialogue are engaged on an 18-month study project on skills and labour market needs, partnership and exchange of good practices between national structures and the possible implementation of a European exchange platform.

Three thematic reports have to be prepared by project coordinator, Daphné Tepper, to be presented and discussed during three workshops and a final conference.

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A European campaign for the fair treatment of performers in the digital environment

Whilst the online music market keeps growing, musicians stil do not get a fair share of the revenues that their performances generate on the Internet.

This is unfair. Support the Fair Internet campaign: