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Independent music companies call on policymakers to make EU 'fit for copyright in the digital age'

Feb 09. 2014
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" Our members, as much as anyone, dream of an open digital market. But not if that means broadening exceptions and doing nothing on enforcement, while online actors make millions on illegal advertising and divide up the market faster than ever" - By Helen Smith - 7th February 2014

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The EU must reinforce creators' fundamental freedoms, instead of seeking to unpick copyright rules, argues Helen Smith.

With four weeks to go until the European commission closes its public consultation on copyright, thousands of independent (read small, medium and micro) music companies are calling on decision makers to make Europe the best place in the world for creators.

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Every voice counts - IMPALA calls on whole music sector to speak up on copyright in Europe

Feb 09. 2014
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With four weeks to go until Europe closes a public consultation on the relationship between copyright and the digital age, independent music companies call on everyone involved with music to make their voice heard.

Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, said: "Europe needs to hear from all those who believe creators should be free to earn a living and to decide how their work is exploited.»

IMPALA says Europe must reinforce creators' fundamental freedoms, instead of seeking to unpick copyright as requested by powerful lobby groups.

Accounting for 80% of all music released and over 80% of the sector's jobs, independent music companies need copyright to be able to invest in new talent and continue to innovate and drive the online market.

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Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules - deadline extended

Feb 03. 2014
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European Commission, copyright, intellectual property

The deadline for the participation in the public ponsultation on the review of the EU copyright rules has been extended from the 05.12.2013 to 05.03.2014.

For more details please click here.

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Licences for Europe

Mar 20. 2013
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ByJonathan LockwoodThere were many passionate and insightful comments made at the second round of "Licenses For Europe" stakeholder meetings held in Brussels on 7th March 2013.

The work stream under discussion that day concerned "User-generated content and licensing for small-scale users of protected material".

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When does freedom of speech trump copyright?

Feb 14. 2013
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ByCharles SwanCopyright is a property right and therefore a human right protected under Article 1 of the First Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights. Is the right to property a more or less important card in the human rights pack than the Article 10 right to freedom of expression?

The Ashby Donald v France decision last month in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg reminds us that copyright is, at least in theory, an open platform. Copyright law strikes its own balance between an author’s right to property and the public’s right to information, but copyright is by its nature an interference with the right to freedom of expression. Copyright decisions by European courts are open to scrutiny by the ECHR.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec 23. 2013
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The year 2013 is over. What to expect in 2014?

A LOOK BACK ON 2013

  • On 8 November 2013 CEPIC submitted an antitrust claim for abuse of dominant posution against Google at the European Commission, joining 23 other complainants from across the travel, mapping, vertical search services and publishing industries.
  • In December 2013, the coalition has substancially grown to include nine trade associations of the picture industry in Europe and the USA!

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BVPA, in favor of a reform on the existent intellectual property rights on illustrated objects

Oct 15. 2013
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The German association of the press picture agencies and picture archives (BVPA) appeals to the future German Government to include existent third party rights of photographed individuals or objects in a new reform on copyright law.

BVPA Manager, Alexander Koch, points out that the interests of internet users in legal compliance will not be adequately protected as along as existent property rights on illustrated persons and illustrated objects are left outside the copyright debate.
The National Association is especially concerned about property rights on illustrated objects: The right to ban taking the photo of an object by its owner is based only on judge right and continuously extended by the Federal Supreme Court.

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Legal Pitfalls in Taking and Using Photographs

Sep 23. 2013
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Photographers, photo libraries, picture editors, any picture publisher should be aware of the liabilities they are facing when making pictures available on-line.

WIPO, the World intellectual Property Organization, provides the following resource of information:

CEPIC has Observer status at WIPO since 1997.

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Government gives £150,000 funding to kick-start copyright hub

Apr 08. 2013
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Lord Younger announces £150,000 of funding for new web site designed to make it easier for consumers to obtain information about copyright.

£150,000 of funding to create a one-stop-shop web site designed to make it easier for consumers to get information about rights ownership and copyright licences, was announced today by Intellectual Property (IP) Minister, Lord Younger.

Professor Hargreaves, in his review of IP and Growth in May 2011, recommended that the UK should establish an industry-led solution to improve copyright licensing. He estimated that it could add up to £2.2 billion a year to the UK economy by 2020, with a particular benefit to the creative industries.

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Bridgeman representing Lucian Freud Archive for Copyright Licensing

Feb 08. 2013
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Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, 1995 (oil on canvas) by Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / Private Collection/ © Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Art Library

The Lucian Freud Archive (LFA), set up by the artist and his representatives before his death in 2011, has appointed Bridgeman to administer and license his copyright.

The LFA has also placed its archive of photography of the artist's work with Bridgeman for licensing. This contains exceptional quality high resolution digital photography taken in recent years to produce a complete record of the artist's work.

Lucian Freud was born in 1922 in Berlin and came to London with his family in 1933. By the time of his death in 2011 he was widely perceived as the pre-eminent British artist of his time.