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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Senegal | SODAV at last authorised to operate

Angèle Diabang | SODAV President

On 4 February 2016, Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, signed the authorization enabling the Senegalese copyright and related rights society (SODAV) to replace the Bureau sénégalais du droit d’auteur (BSDA) [Senegalese copyright bureau], in line with the law of 25 January 2008.

As early as 2008, this law made provision for the BSDA –an organisation under the authority of the Ministry of Culture– to be replaced by a civil society controlled by artists, but it was not until 9 April 2015 that the implementing decree was enacted.

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European Union | Atypical Workers

Ljubliana Workshop

The third workshop of the FIM / FIA / UNI-MEI / EFJ joint project on atypical workers was held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 26 and 27 January 2016. In particular, it addressed the issue of casualisation in the entertainment business and media in Europe.

The unanimous testimonies of participants confirm the observation that there has been increasing recourse in these sectors to non-salaried workers over the past years, even when there is a clear link of subordination, which, in principle, should imply employee status.

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FIM and SYCAMU file a joint complaint with the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association against the Cameroon government

ILO HQ (Geneva)

On 18 January 2016, FIM and the Cameroon Musicians’ Union (SYCAMU) officially filed a complaint with the International Labour Organization’s Committee on Freedom of Association for breach by the Cameroon government of ILO’s Convention 87.

Last September, FIM sent a letter to the President of the Republic of Cameroon asking him to oppose the decision of his Prime Minister, Mr Philémon Yang, to order the Labour Minister to impose a ban on SYCAMU, which was reproached with being in breach of its own rules by organising a meeting aimed at creating a collecting society, since SOCAM (previously in charge of managing copyright and related rights for music) had ceased its activity.

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Iran must drop charges on two musicians and a filmmaker

Iranian artists

Whilst the world focuses on the lifting of sanctions and Iran’s prisoner swap with the US, many artists remain imprisoned in Iran.

Mehdi Rajabian, a musician and founder of BargMusic, an alternative music distributor in Iran, along with his filmmaker brother Hossein Rajabian and musician Yousef Emadi, were jointly sentenced to six years in prison and fined 200 million tomans (about USD 66,650) each for “insulting the sacred” and “propaganda against the state” in May 2015.

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Musicians’ unions from Central and Western Africa committed to gender equality

Dakar workshop on gender equality

FIM and AMS (Senegalese Association for Music Professionals) organised a sub-regional training workshop in Dakar from 11 to 13 January 2016 on the issue of gender equality in the music sector, financed by Union to Union. This was FIM’s first sub-regional meeting dedicated to this theme. In addition to Union to Union and FIM facilitators, there were also a French expert from the sector and two Senegalese university academics.

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Uruguay | International support for the SODRE Symphony Orchestra


The SODRE Symphony Orchestra is Uruguay’s national orchestra. Founded in 1931, it is Latin America’s oldest orchestra. A bastion of national culture, it has also become an essential benchmark for the whole of the Latin American region. It has been directed by celebrities such as Erich Kleiber, Ottorino Respighi or Igor Stravinsky, to mention just the most iconic.

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France | MOU for online music

Assemblée Nationale

After bitter negotiations, a memorandum of understanding for online music was signed in France on 2 October 2015, between representatives of the music industry and a certain number of professional organisations including French members of FIM, FIA and IAO, under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture.

This memorandum came about within the scope of the “Creation Act” currently being discussed by the French Parliament.

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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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