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Members of Korea’s National Opera Choir must be reinstated!

Korea National Opera Choir members protest

Korea’s National Opera Choir was dis­man­tled in 2009 by deci­sion of the con­ser­v­a­tive gov­ern­ment of Lee Myung-​Bak, a deci­sion whose arbi­trary and unjus­ti­fied nature has since been brought to light.

Ten years after the event, cer­tain choir mem­bers are still fight­ing to be rein­stat­ed, but are com­ing up against ret­i­cences from the admin­is­tra­tion which car­ried out their dis­missal in 2009 and today fears hav­ing to rec­og­nize its past errors.

Korea’s National Opera Choir was found­ed in 2002 to pro­vide the insti­tu­tion with a choir to match its rep­u­ta­tion and ambi­tions.
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Indonesia | Creation of the first musicians’ union

FIM Jakarta workshop Nov. 2017

During a FIM nation­al work­shop co-​organized with PAPPRI, a col­lec­tive of Indonesian musi­cians under­took to form a union with­in the next six months

During a first nation­al work­shop held in Jakarta in June 2006, FIM met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­er­al nation­al per­former organ­i­sa­tions. With the help of FIM rep­re­sen­ta­tives, spe­cial­ists in inter­na­tion­al stan­dards in the labour field (ILO) and copy­right (WIPO), the meet­ing addressed the whole array of their con­cerns over three days and led to the con­clu­sion that only a union organ­i­sa­tion would have the abil­i­ty to see that the rights of this pro­fes­sion­al cat­e­go­ry were rec­og­nized, defend­ed and pro­mot­ed.
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India | Health and Safety for Bollywood workers: progress

Opender Chanana

On 28 and 29 November 2016, the final con­fer­ence took place on the FIM, FIA and UNI-​MEI joint project on Health and Safety in the Bollywood film indus­try (a project backed by Union To Union).

In the pres­ence of a gov­ern­ment coun­sel­lor, a poignant doc­u­men­tary by Opender Chanana was shown, high­light­ing the par­tic­u­lar­ly dif­fi­cult work­ing con­di­tions for indus­try workers.

A few rep­re­sen­ta­tives of stu­dios which were more sen­si­tive than their peers to these issues attend­ed the con­fer­ence to out­line their efforts to enhance safe­ty and com­fort for staff employed on their premis­es.
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India | Risk prevention in Bollywood

Stage on fire in Mumbai

On 27 – 29 June 2016, FIM, FIA and UNI-​MEI organ­ised a work­shop main­ly ded­i­cat­ed to risk pre­ven­tion in the movie indus­try in Bollywood, with­in the scope of their joint project backed by Union to Union.

Participants (tech­ni­cians, actors and musi­cians), from the Federation of cin­e­ma employ­ees in west­ern India (FWICE) and the Musicians’ Federation of India (MFI), described the envi­ron­ment as tense. On the one hand, acci­dents on film sets are occur­ring one after the oth­er at an alarm­ing rate.
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The Fair Internet campaign reaches Asia

Tokyo Conference

On 16 and 17 December 2015 in Tokyo, Japan host­ed the 2nd FIM con­fer­ence on online music, organ­ised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Musicians’ Union of Japan MUJ and with the sup­port of CPRA-​Geidankyo.

Introduced by FIM President John Smith, MUJ President Takeshi Shinohara and MZTSZ President Lázsló Gyimesi, the con­fer­ence opened on a keynote from Ambassador Seiichi Kondo. It was run by twen­ty or so speak­ers and mod­er­a­tors from var­i­ous coun­tries rep­re­sent­ing the music sec­tor and the uni­ver­si­ty world.

Mr. Kazuhiro Ando, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor at Toyo University, sharply crit­i­cised the eco­nom­ic mod­els of dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion for their unfair char­ac­ter where per­form­ers were con­cerned, under­lin­ing that “phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal modes of dis­tri­b­u­tion have dif­fer­ent cost struc­tures which are not reflect­ed by roy­al­ty lev­els”.
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India | Working conditions, health and safety for Bollywood workers

Mumbai workshop | October 2015

On 7 to 9 October 2015, the inter­na­tion­al fed­er­a­tions FIM, FIA and UNI-​MEI organ­ised a new work­shop focus­ing on issues of health and safe­ty in the Bollywood indus­try with­in the scope of the tri­en­ni­al project backed by Union to Union.

Forty par­tic­i­pants (tech­ni­cians, actors, musi­cians) from the Federation of West India Cine Employees (FWICE) and the Musicians’ Federation of India (MFI) took part in the work­shop, in the pres­ence of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from FIM, FIA, UNI-​MEI and Union to Union. FWICE is still engaged in nego­ti­a­tions with sec­tor employ­ers to renew the Memorandum of Understanding which has reached its term.
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FIM-​MUJ Conference on online music | Tokyo, 16 – 17 Dec. 2015

FIM-MUJ

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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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).

As of the date of the meet­ing, China and Japan were the only two states in the region to have rat­i­fied the Beijing Treaty (Indonesia is con­clud­ing its rat­i­fi­ca­tion instru­ment).
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