Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

(Copy)left-field collaborations can provide free exposure

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There is a new generation of collaborative musicians working outside of established copyright structures. Websites such as Freesound are building communities of musicians for whom profit is not the goal: collaboration and exposure is.

An increasing amount of attention is being paid to the remix culture, enabled by the Internet, that has thrown up notable artists such as DJ Danger Mouse and Girl Talk.

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Legal responsibility for infringement varies by country

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Courts in different countries are producing a wide variety of rulings in recent copyright-infringement cases. The details in each case differ of course, but in Europe in particular, there are polar opposite philosophies being played out.

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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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High Court finds that indexing is infringing

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Newzbin, a Usenet indexer, is facing a restrictive injunction after the High Court found it liable for copyright infringement.

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Playing fair

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A new MU campaign aims to curb illegal filesharing, not by preaching, but by encouraging pride in paying for music. Katie Allen reports: Getting the attention of teenagers is tricky at the best of times, let alone when you’re trying to enter a dialogue on copyright law. The Musicians’ Union’s decision to tackle the issue of copyright with ‘generation why-pay’,

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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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