Category Archives: Copyright & Intellectual Property

French cultural policy

France has always had an interesting, and different approach to cultural policy to the UK’s equivalent. In thinking about this last night, I remembered this 2013 document [pdf] from the Coalition Francaise and I thought I’d bookmark it here. This … Continue reading

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British Copyright Council (BCC)

Bectu is a member of the British Copyright Council (BCC) The union is a bit different to most BCC members. While many of our members are very creative, and active contributors to the creation of the theatrical / artistic / … Continue reading

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Cannes panel on ‘cinema to sofa?’ shift

There was a good European Audiovisual Observatory panel as part of the Cannes Festival held online. The programme can be seen here. Short version of this post: The idea that streaming + pandemic changes to behaviour is too simplistic – … Continue reading

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Google fined €500m by French competition authority

This has major implications for the funding of news and factual TV and it will be interesting to see if the UK and/or the EU take a similar line. On past form, the EU is probably more likely to do … Continue reading

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Study on the rights of Stage Directors of Theatrical Productions

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has recently published this report. WIPO – Study on the rights of Stage Directors of Theatrical Productions [pdf]. This can be found, in context, here. Browsing around, I also found this article on “Theatre, … Continue reading

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Artist tech levies

An artists’ levy on tech would solve the UK’s copyright issue https://t.co/5E6eQ8CoMk | opinion — Financial Times (@FT) July 4, 2021

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GDPR for union reps

Bectu has some guidance that is available on request from your branch official. There is a ‘Freelance Guide to Data Protection and Tracey Hunt does a GDPR for reps course too (the slides of which may be of interest). I … Continue reading

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On streaming and the left-behind creators

“If streaming is a song economy, why is the songwriter the last and least to be paid?”@IvorsAcademy CEO @GrahamIDaviesUK explores the value of the strong in the streaming era, and what needs to change to #FixStreaming 👉 https://t.co/ytZNx7cPqp#BrokenRecord #KeepMusicAlive — … Continue reading

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Treat streaming like radio

A near-perfect pitch from the Musicians Union. Over 75 artists including The Rolling Stones add their names to the #FixStreaming call. It’s time for @BorisJohnson to put the value of music back where it belongs – in your hands. Read … Continue reading

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Royalties for authors of secondhand books

AuthorSHARE, a royalty fund set up by two used booksellers with support from industry bodies, is calling for more retailers to participate. More here.

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Personal data regulation – GDPR and EU cookie regulations

Workers often have their data stored and used in ways that don’t help or protect them. It will be interesting to see how Brexit affects this. This is from the Law Society Gazette.

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Copyright exceptions – including ‘parody’

Bectu is generally robust in the defence of copyright. It is the foundation upon which so much of our members’ income is based on. Legally, there are exceptions – our members work can sometimes be used by someone else without … Continue reading

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