Union training workshop in Ouagadougou

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FIM organised a national union training workshop in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from the 7 to 10 September 2011, within the framework of its African programme for union training and with the backing of Swedish unions SMF and LO-TCO.

The workshop attracted 25 union members from all countries, the majority of whom under 40, addressed in-depth the most fundamental issues of the life of a union and a professional musician in a country where music is considered by the public more as entertainment than as a real industry generating jobs and revenue.
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50th anniversary of the Rome Convention (Budapest, Oct. 19-20, 2011)

All international performers’ organisations were represented during the conference organised in Budapest on the 19 and 20 October 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rome Convention (FIM, FIA, AEPO-ARTIS, SCAPR, FILAIE, LATIN ARTIS), which IFPI also attended. The organisation of the event by its Hungarian hosts was of remarkable quality.

FIM, main co-organiser alongside EJI (Hungarian performers’ collecting society) and the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) welcomed numerous speakers, including in particular Mr Trevor Clarke (Assistant Director General of WIPO), Mr Kari Tapiola (Special advisor to ILO Director General), Mrs Maria Martin-Prat (Head of the European Commission’s Copyright Unit), Dr Miklós Bendzsel (President of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office), Dr Mihály Ficsor (President of the Hungarian Council of Copyright Experts) and Mrs Silke Von Lewinski (Head of Department — Max Planck Institute).
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FIM demands an end to re-auditioning in orchestras

FIM’s specialized working group on orchestras has drawn up a recommendation aimed at providing a strict framework to auditioning in symphony orchestras. The document, which has been approved by FIM’s Executive Committee, denounces the illegitimate and often illegal use of auditions outside the scope of the performer’s initial recruitment.

Throughout the whole of the first half of 2011, the music world echoed to the conflict between musicians of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (OSB) and musical director, Roberto Minczuk. The latter wanted to put all OSB musicians through an audition, to determine who would be selected to continue with their work in the orchestra whose profile he wanted to change, suddenly and arbitrarily.
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8th summit of Asia-Pacific region orchestras

Report by John Smith, FIM President. Last September I was honoured to accept an invitation to address the annual summit of the AAPRO, in Moscow. The summit was hosted by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra “Russian Philharmonic” and I am grateful to the orchestra’s CEO Mrs Gayane Shiladzhyan and the organising committee led by its Chair Mrs Guo Shan from the China Symphony Development Foundation, for their kind hospitality. The summit was attended by representatives of orchestra managements from across the Asia Pacific region including China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and of course Russia.
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The Council of Global Unions (CGU) issues a reminder to the G20



Global Union Federations (GUF), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC-OECD) have issued a declaration aimed at reminding members of the G20 of their Pittsburgh commitments in September 2009, in particular that of “placing quality jobs at the core of the recovery”.

This declaration also commits the G20 to take full account of the conclusions of the meeting of G20 employment ministers in Paris, which make provisions for setting up a social protection base backed by suitable financing according to levels of development.
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EU | Term extension directive: a major step forward for performers


Adopted on the 12 September 2011, Directive 2011/77/EU, amends Directive 2006/116/EC by extending the term of protection for performers (for their fixed performances) and phonogram producers (for their phonograms) from 50 to 70 years.

The extension is in itself extremely important for it enables the immense majority of performers to benefit from such protection throughout their lifetime, including those who began their career at an early age.

More than just an extension from 50 to 70 years, the directive also includes three innovative accompanying measures which apply during the additional twenty years of protection.
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Major step taken towards an international AV treaty


In the morning of Thursday, September 29, 2011, the General Assembly of WIPO Members States followed the recommendation of the SCCR (Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights) and decided to re-convoke the Diplomatic Conference of 2000 aimed to adopt an international treaty protecting audiovisual performances.

The SCCR recommendation also stipulates that the work of the Diplomatic Conference shall base itself on the 19 articles that were provisionally adopted in 2000, as well as on the new article 12 which was subject to consensus at the SCCR meeting of June 2011 (see FIM News dated July 15, 2011).
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Negotiations on an international treaty protecting audiovisual performances

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The 22nd session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), held in Geneva on 15 – 24 June 2011, recommends in its conclusions the convocation of a diplomatic conference aimed at adopting a treaty protecting audiovisual performances (technically, this would be tantamount to a re-convocation of the diplomatic conference suspended in December 2000).

After a week full of ups and downs, consensus was reached on the 19 articles provisionally adopted at the December 2000 conference.
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