Finland | Universal loses Market Court case over Internet Music rights

Two sons of late Albert Järvinen, best known as guitarist for the Finnish rock’n roll band Hurriganes, took a clear victory over Universal Music Finland in Helsinki Market Court over internet rights of two albums originally released in the early 1970’s. The case was processed on behalf of the artist rightholders with legal aid provided by the Finnish Musicians’ Union.

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Malaysia | MPO in Kuala Lumpur recruits on precarious contracts

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra continues to offer precarious contracts, whilst a verdict is still awaited from the Industrial Relations Court about the wrong dismissal of 9 musicians in 2012 (including the chair, the co-chair and the previous chair of the Musicians’ Orchestra Committee, the concertmaster and a few other key leadership musicians).

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EU | Report published on the culture and creative sectors in the crisis

A new report, commissioned by the European Commission, looks at the resilience of employment in the culture and creative sectors during the crisis.

The short analytical report on “The resilience of employment in the Culture and Creative Sectors (CCSs) during the crisis” was prepared by the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC).

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South Africa | SAMA-U Founding Congress

On 9 December 2014, Johannesburg hosted the founding congress of SAMA-U (The South African Musicians and Artists Union). This important event was made possible as a result of intense work on the part of professional musicians and artists who, for several months, had been devoted to reconstructing a democratic union.

The congress brought together delegates from 5 provinces (Kwazulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Northwest and Gauteng), accompanied by representatives of the Swedish Musicians’ Union (SMF), the Malawi Union of Musicians (MUM) and FIM.

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India | Health and safety for Bollywood workers

On 26 and 27 November, a seminar of the IAEA alliance took place in Mumbai on the issue of “Decent and safe working conditions in Bollywood” within the framework of a multi-annual project backed by LO-TCO (Sweden).

Work in the seminar was based on the report by Lynn Galley (Australia), drafted after an assessment visit in July 2014 to various production sites.

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Spain | Conference of the Association of Spanish Symphony Orchestras (AEOS)

On 12 and 13 November 2014, AEOS organised its study days in Madrid, with the support of the BBVA bank. Half the conference time was devoted to issues of health, safety, risk prevention and wellness of orchestra musicians, and featured the participation of several specialists (doctors, therapists, researchers).

Invited to talk on this topic, the FIM General Secretary recalled a certain number of recommendations expressed by international orchestra conferences organised by FIM since 2008.

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