Thursday, June 9, 2011

Copyright: attention fragile!

Special Envoy to Brussels - platinum white hair, coat of many colors, Javed Akhtar (seven generations of poets and musicians behind him) came to Mumbai to trace its fight against the film industry Bollywood musical in which he is one of the most famous songwriters. In the big glass cube of the Square, the Palace of Brussels conference, he thanked Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees founding member for his intervention with the Indian government to be recognized that the rights of songwriters in the former British colony .

The rocker Robin Gibb is the president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors' Rights and Composers (CISAC), which organized in Brussels on June 7 and 8, the third edition of the World Copyright Summit. Washington in Bombay, the situation is the same: a creator owns his or her work is not always obvious to all Tech News Buzz.

International NGO, CISAC federates 229 authors' societies in 121 countries, more than 3 million creators and publishers of all artistic works (music, drama, literature, etc.).. In 2009, fees collected by CISAC members in their respective territories amounted to 7.152 billion euros. Every two years, the World Copyright Summit is high mass.

Delegates in suit and tie crowd at conferences, television broadcast interviews with artists, activists for the rights of copyright. In Brussels, this first lobby politicians invited, as Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission in charge of the digital society, Victoria Espinel, responsible for IP matters in the White House etc..

It also deals with new business models - global license, creative contribution, subscription system? - The best way to create value by disseminating the works, while access to content seems limitless and is perceived as almost free by the consumer. Axel Dauchez, boss peak Deezer, Alain Lauzon, joyful founder of the Quebec Association of Free access to music is a myth (agamma), some seven hundred participants in Brussels confirmed that the blur continues conditions surrounding the dissemination of Internet content.

As in 2009 in Washington, the music industry came in droves to Brussels. "Probably because it is the most contested," said the French painter Herve Di Rosa, vice president of CISAC. The artists are less involved because, unlike music or movies, they work alone. However, we succeeded in France at least, to impose on all resale rights, a tool invented in 1920, but the galleries were not applying for example (a percentage ranging from 1% to 3% is paid to artists or their dependents on the resale of a work).

It was unusual that an artist who sold a painting € 500, for example, attends its sale to ten times, without touching the profits made on his behalf. "Even capped at 12,500 euros, the financial lending" has caused an outcry. "Because the right in the intellectual and artistic property is attacked on the merits." However, it is essential, Robin Gibb pounds.

The summit allows us to repeat it: the right of creators to live in their creation is the foundation of everything, the base. Since the last summit in Washington, says Robin Gibb, it was found that the dialogue has been established, especially with Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which, at least, have made contact with the creators and their representatives .

But, obviously, it could have gone faster! Progress has been made, but technology is changing constantly, we must insist, as does the film industry, the transferable property rights. "India, from one side to the forefront of new technologies says Javed Akhtar, the other developing an archaic conception of the creator, is the mirror of these complexities.

Record companies (multinational and local) and producers of Bollywood took control of the Indian PerformingRights Society (IPRS). Artists, threatened to be deprived of command, were gradually forced to sign a letter in which they renounced their rights to publishers. Influential voice of the Muslim community, Javed Akhtar was involved in politics.

Elected Senator for the Congress Party, he succeeded in passing a law in 2010 unanimously: 50% of authors' rights are inalienable, they are managed by a collecting society, a system similar to European law. The law has yet to make a return trip to the Indian Parliament. The support received by Ravi Shankar or Robin Gibb has not avoided Javed Akhtar to be "blacklisted" in Bombay.

Article published in the edition of 10.06.11

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