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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FNV, The Netherlands | Hague Court of Appeal: CBA applicable to freelance musicians

FNV-KIEM wins a case for freelance musicians

The Hague Court of Appeal gave its ruling on 1 September 2015, after analysing the reply of the CJEU to its two prejudicial questions concerning the enforceability of article 101 of the TFEU to a collective agreement regulating the conditions of employment for replacement orchestra musicians engaged under a service provision contract.

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Cameroon | An intolerable attack against the musicians’ union (SYCAMU)

On 22 July 2015, Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Mr. Philémon Yang, ordered the Minister of Labour to impose a ban on the musicians’ union (SYCAMU). He reproached SYCAMU with being in breach of its own rules by organising a meeting concerning the creation of a new collective management organisation, since the current one (SOCAM) has ceased operating.

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Atypical workers and collective bargaining

Dublin workshop | 8-9 Sept. 2015 (Atypical workers and collective bargaining)

In Dublin on 8 and 9 September 2015, FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and EFJ organised the second workshop of their European project on atypical workers. The meeting focused on collective bargaining, with particular regard to “freelancers” who, in their immense majority, exercise their profession as self-employed workers.

General Secretary of The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), Patricia King addressed the issue of the obstacles which Irish unions were encountering in negotiating collective agreements to protect precisely the most exposed workers.

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Health Conference + 10th meeting of FIM European group

ver.di buildingThe tenth meeting of FIM’s European Group will be held in Berlin on the 1 and 2 October 2015, preceded on the 30 September by a conference on musicians’ health.

The two events will be hosted by DOV and ver.di unions, both members of FIM.

The health conference will benefit from the assistance of specialised doctors and experts in the sector, to address issues such as stress management, musculoskeletal disorders, focal dystonia and risks linked to exposure to noise.

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FIM-MUJ Conference on online music | Tokyo, 16-17 Dec. 2015

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While music streaming services are significantly on the increase and taking the place of traditional radio as a special channel of access to online music, more and more artists are openly speaking out to claim a fair share of revenues generated by the exploitation of their recordings on the Internet.

The Fair Internet campaign –of which FIM is one of the partners– is gaining ground at European level, and through it we hope to see European Union institutions taking performers’ legitimate expectations into account.

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Online music: FIM-organised panel at WIPO

M. Francis Gurry, WIPO DG

Photo: Francis Gurry, WIPO DG | © WIPO/E. Berrod

On 29 June 2015, FIM organised a special event at WIPO, in coordination and with the help of the WIPO secretariat and the support of Finnish union SML. Alongside SCCR’s 30th session, the event aimed at presenting FIM’s priorities with regard to copyright/related rights and, in particular, drawing the attention of WIPO members to the need to update conditions for implementing making available on demand to bring about concrete results where performers’ revenues were concerned.

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Training workshop for Uganda and Kenya (20-23 July 2015)

Kampala workshop | July 2015From 20-23 July 2015, FIM organised a bi-national union-training workshop in Kampala (Uganda).

Backed by Sweden’s Union To Union, the workshop was coordinated with UMU and KEMU unions, Ugandan and Kenyan FIM members and was assisted by Beat Santschi (FIM’s Vice-President) whose Swiss union USDAM has a twinning agreement with UMU.

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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.

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