If you create an orginal piece of creative work your investment in its creation can be protected by law, and traded or assigned to a third party, usually for money.Discover more
Performers are also protected by the law and will usually get an upfront fee for their services. However, mechanisms for royalties payments differ between countries.Discover more
In some countries, creators have a "moral right" over their work - allowing them to control aspects of a work's use and the effect upon the creator's reputation.Discover more
Consent is required when a third party wants to use either a copyright work or a performance. Consent takes the form of a licence. Copyrighted work can be carved up in a multitude of ways providing numerous, but specific, licences of a single work or performance at any one time.Discover more
Online streaming to mass audiences seemed like a great way of creating popular demand. Until creators realised that digital service providers were failing to pay reasonable rates for content. What's more, the talent has to rely on the streaming industry to provide acurate data to match downloads to artists/performers. The reality is digital has decimated the livelihoods of thousands of artists/performers.Discover more
These international organisations assist the talent in the management and collection of royalty payments and are set up to navigate the differing local royalty regimes.Discover more
It's been 40 years since the band Spinal Tap was formed
and 34 years since "This is Spinal Tap” (TIST) the feature film was released.
Yet we, the creators, have been told that global music sales from the soundtrack album total just US$98.
We’re also, apparently, only entitled to share US$81 (between us) from global merchandising sales.
This shocks us, given Tap’s enduring popularity.
So we are suing Vivendi and UMG, the TIST rights owners. We want the giant rights conglomerates to show us how exactly they are exploiting our creative work and to pay us, the creators, a fair share.
The truth behind remuneration imbalances.
Being a film director isn’t all foreign travel,” willing” ingénues and red carpet glamour. It is all too easy to assume, because a screenwriter or director is in the public eye in an exciting industry, that they are rich. A study by the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) and the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe … Continue reading "Paying a Director or Screenwriter: The Truth is (Now) Out There"Discover more
A US judge has finally approved the proposed settlement in one of the highest profile of all the lawsuits filed in relation to the mechanical rights mess Stateside: ie Lowery & Ferrick v Spotify. That mess, of course, has resulted in many songwriters and music publishers not receiving all the royalties they are due when … Continue reading "Judge approves settlement in Lowery/Ferrick mechanical royalties case"Discover more
Keynote: Harry Shearer Thanks very much. I’m honored to have been asked to speak you today. As a humble laborer in the twisted vineyards of comedy, there’s nothing really new I can tell you. So, I invite you to enjoy a few minutes not so much of enlightenment, but more of a slightly dyspeptic … Continue reading "Harry Shearer’s Keynote Speech at the W&DW conference in Venice on November 2017"Discover more