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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Muscat | WIPO regional meeting on the Beijing and Marrakesh Treaties

A WIPO regional meeting was organised in Oman on April 1st, 2015 for the following countries: Algeria, Djibouti, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates, to encourage these states to ratify the Beijing and Marrakesh treaties.

The Marrakesh Treaty (2013) aims to facilitate access to published works for the visually impaired.

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FIM salutes the memory of Danny Longstaff

It is with great emotion and deep sadness that we have learned of the sudden demise of our colleague and friend Danny Longstaff, in the night of the 1 to 2 April 2015.

Danny worked for the British Musicians’ Union (BMU) as Orchestras Official. He had been second trombone to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2000.

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France | The report of the Court of Auditors on the orchestras of Radio-France or the Unfinished Symphony

A section president of the Court of Auditors received an admission ticket as a present for a performance of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony at the Maison de Radio-France. As he was unable to go, he gave the invitation to his rapporteur. The sole condition was that he prepare a memo on the quality of the concert.

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