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Fair Internet coalition meets with Commissioner Gabriel

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel Press release I BRUSSELS, 9 June 2020

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.
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The Beijing Treaty: what consequences for musicians?

FIM delegation of Beijing Diplomatic Conference

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.
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Daren Tang (Singapore) appointed as WIPO Director General

Daren Tang, SCCR Chair

Photo: Emmanuel Berrod | Copyright: WIPO

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.
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May Day message from FIM President and GS

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Dear Colleagues,

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.

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Recognition of COVID-​19 as an occupational disease

CGU logo 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.
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IAEA recommendations re. the management of the Covid-​19 crisis

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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.
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Covid-​19 | EAEA response to Pearle* Statement

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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.
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Covid-​19 | Response of musicians’ unions

Last updat­ed: 30 April 2020

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.

Click on a coun­try to dis­play infor­ma­tion

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