More than 1 trillion songs, movies and TV series were streamed online in the first half of 2015 – more than double the amount in 2014 – but artists and performers have received significantly lower royalties from streaming services compared to traditional broadcasts and sales of recordings.
On 10 November the University of Westminster's music business development network, MusicTank, is coming together with industry experts to debate this pressing legal issue within the music industry, looking at the evolution of communication rights and the impact of streaming on artists’ and performers’ remuneration.
The panel debate will consider whether it’s time to re-calibrate artists’ rights in a digital world dominated by consumption-driven streaming, highlighting huge gaps in legislative solutions in the application of intellectual property rights.
Discussion topics will include the evolution of communication rights and royalties and how these are applied in different countries and jurisdictions. It will also analyse how the methods used to determine licensing structures lie-at the heart of arguably the single biggest issue facing the music industry in recent times – how much artists and performers get paid.
As part of the debate, panellists will discuss the recent paper, ‘Making Available, Communication To The Public And User Interactivity’ by alumna Fiona McGugan, an advocate for the protection of featured artists’ rights.
The paper considers the evolution of communication rights that overshadow conventional distribution and reproduction rights as music consumption increasingly shifts away from ownership, towards access models of streaming services.
Understanding how this right is applied, territorial variations in the application of rights, and how licensing structures are determined according to the levels of user-interactivity of digital services lie-at the heart of possibly the single biggest issue facing the music industry in recent times – how much artists get paid.
Joining Fiona McGugan (FAC & MMF) will be Horace Trubridge (Assistant General Secretary, MU), Benoît Machuel (General Secretary, FIM) and Alexander Ross (Partner, Wiggin LLP), with others tbc. This session will be chaired by MusicTank chair, Keith Harris.
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