Live Music Act: FAQ

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As a result of the Act, in England and Wales, performances of live amplified music to audiences of fewer than 200 people between the hours of 8am-11pm will no longer need local authority permission

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The Digital Economy Act: only the facts

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The Digital Economy Bill is now an Act of Parliament, as of the 8th April 2010. For musicians and the music industry, the intention behind the legislation is to help copyright holders to combat online piracy.

There’s been lots of confusing and conflicting information in the media and online, so we thought we would give you a break down of the facts so you can make up your own mind.

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What is copyright?

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Basically, copyright is the right to prevent copying, so the owner of copyright can prevent others copying his/her work. In the UK, the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended, (‘the Act’) creates a further five primary infringements of copyright in addition to copying:

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Songwriting & music publishing

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This is a guide to UK copyright law, proving and protecting your musical ‘property’, plus earning and collecting royalties. The following is a brief overview of each of the topics covered in the guide. The full guide is available as a PDF download

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Who is the owner of copyright?

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The author of the work – that is the person who created the work – is the first owner of copyright in it. So as regards the music (a musical work), the composer would be first owner of copyright, and as regards lyrics (a literary work), the writer would be the first owner.

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Releasing your own product

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Aim to have your product available to journalists and DJs at least two weeks before the release date to allow time for reviews and test plays.

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