Exchanging with Commissioner Gabriel today, AEPO-ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO shared with her what they consider the European Commission’s key priorities should be in order to strengthen performers’ protection and enable them to envisage fulfilling professional careers.
AEPO-ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO welcome that the European Commission recognised the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural and creative sector in its recent EU recovery plan. In this regard, it is absolutely essential that the EU can provide performers with appropriate short- and mid-term support, financial and otherwise. Read full post
As a result of the ratification, on 28 January 2020, by Indonesia of the Treaty on intellectual property rights of performers over their audiovisual performances, the Beijing Treaty, also known as the WAPT, officially came into force on 28 April last, that is to say, eight long years after being adopted. Indonesia is the thirtieth sate to have deposited an instrument of ratification with WIPO.
Subject to ratification by the Member States, this treaty guarantees performers an inalienable and unassignable moral right as well as five types of exclusive economic rights granted to beneficiaries for their performances fixed in an audiovisual fixation: rights of reproduction, distribution, rental, making available, broadcasting and communication to the public. Read full post
On May 8th, 2020, the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed by consensus Mr Daren Tang as the Organisation’s next Director-General, with Mr Tang’s six-year term beginning on October 1st, 2020.
He will succeed Mr Francis Gurry, who has served as Director-General since October 1st, 2008.
Mr Tang currently is the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). He has also served as Chair of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) for the past two and a half years. Read full post
On this May Day, when we celebrate all workers and their contribution to society, we give our thanks to our colleagues in our health and care services and to other workers in all essential services.
This is an extremely difficult time for musicians but we know that their unions around the world, are working hard to protect them and to ensure that we have a vibrant and fully functioning live music industry when this pandemic is over.
Musicians and their families must not become collateral damage due to this crisis.
28 April 2020 | Council of Global Unions Statement on Recognition of COVID-19 as an Occupational Disease
On the occasion of International Workers Memorial Day 2020, the global trade union movement calls upon governments and occupational health and safety bodies around the world to recognise SARS-CoV‑2 as an occupational hazard, and COVID-19 as an occupational disease.
With a third of the population around the world currently living under various forms of lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, millions of workers, including those in health and social care, emergency services, agriculture, food and retail, transport, education, infrastructure and construction work and other public services (see annex), continue to work hard to keep society functioning. Read full post
The speed with which the covid-19 pandemic has spread across the world has led many governments to place exceptional constraints on their populations, to try and limit its propagation.
The initial measures aimed primarily at limiting large gatherings, including concerts, shows and other cultural events. Shortly after, venues receiving the general public were closed. These measures caused an immediate collapse of income in the Arts and Entertainment sector. Having been profoundly impacted from the outset of this historic crisis, the whole of the sector is now at a standstill. Read full post
In the second week of March, EAEA invited its social partner, the European Live Performance Management Association (Pearle*), to endorse a statement on Covid-19, calling on governments to adopt emergency measures to support the sustainability of the live performance sector. The statement was jointly adopted by EAEA and Pearle* and published on March 12th.
A week later, Pearle* issued a parallel statement (available here), also on behalf of the ‘Live Performance Sector’ but without any prior consultation with EAEA. Read full post
You will find hereafter national reports by musicians’ unions on the situation in their respective countries re. the Covid-19 crisis, its consequences on the music sector and the response that they have developed in support of musicians whose jobs and revenues are impacted by this crisis.