The University of Westminster’s pre-eminent music industry think tank and business information hub, MusicTank, has revealed the high profile speaker line up for its forthcoming debate on private copy exception taking place on 25 June at our Regent Campus.

Drawing a stellar panel of experts in copyright and alternative compensation systems from industry and academia, Private Copy Exemption: Rightsholders And Remuneration will consider how a levy system might effectively compensate rights-holders for private copying, and takes its lead from a paper written by Music Business Management MA postgraduate, Samuel Rudy.

This free discussion paper, Private Copying of Music: A New Model For Artist Compensation, gives nuance to the debate, focusing not on whether by default, rights-holders should be compensated from lawful private copying, but addresses the issue of charging those who profit absolutely from facilitating the copying of music: digital storage and device manufacturers.

The mechanism, transparency and effectiveness by which rights-holders are compensated for private copying in the majority of European countries remain up for debate. Current compensation systems across the EU are largely considered a blunt, opaque and inefficient tool with which to compensate rights-holders.

Grasping the nettle, MusicTank is taking forward this complex aspect of rights-holder remuneration, as part of its Future Thinking series of critical thinking and informed debate. Future Thinking aims to foster knowledge transfer within a rapidly transforming business sector. It allows the University of Westminster’s postgraduate students to submit their theses, the best of which will be published and freely distributed via the MusicTank website.

This event considers a new model as the basis for a discussion about how a compensation system might be structured so as to compensate rights-holders in a way that is transparent and directly proportionate to the amount of music copied, freeing consumers of the burden of additional levies altogether.

The esteemed discussion panel, chaired by PPL Director of Performer Affairs and MusicTank Chair Keith Harris, will include:

  • Jane Dyball, CEO, MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL, one of the UK’s most senior figures in music publishing and an expert in collective and digital rights
  • Martin Kretschmer, leading copyright academic, CREATe director, advisor to the IPO and an outspoken and profoundly ‘copyleft’ advocate
  • Balázs Bodó, Senior Research fellow, University of Amsterdam; an expert on alternative compensation system, copyright and economist
  • John Smith, General Secretary, Musician’s Union, and leading protagonist in the recent high court appeal on private copy exception
  • Chris Cooke, CMU editor and industry commentator

Keith Harris said: "Compensatory systems for private copying need to be reviewed in depth in order to propose a model that does not become obsolete with the evolution of technology and this dissertation kickstarts a much-needed debate about how the industry might respond to such a requirement."

Event details

Title: Private Copy Exemption: Rightsholders And Remuneration
Date/ Time: 25 June 2015, 6.30–9pm
Venue: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW 
Cost: Earlybird rates currently apply from £20 (students £15)

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For further information please contact:

Jenny Tyler
T: 020 8357 7317
E: [email protected]

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Established in 2003 MusicTank is a unique, neutral information hub for UK music business addressing change and innovation through informed debate, objective analysis and industry engagement. Owned and operated by University of Westminster, its content-rich website – – contains a wealth of industry information and resources, together with event transcripts and podcasts, news, reports and research papers. Visitors to the site can sign up to a free monthly e-mail newsletter, and for a small annual subscription become members; giving access to premium content. MusicTank was shortlisted for a THE Leadership & Management Award (Knowledge Exchange), 2012.

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