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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 Rome Convention

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, the 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.

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 AV performances

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. A fur­ther arti­cle (Article 12) was added, explic­it­ly recog­nis­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty for states to main­tain or intro­duce a pre­sump­tion of trans­fer of rights from per­form­ers to pro­duc­ers.
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