This article focuses on recent concerns about transparency in the performing rights business. Tough and easy-going laws are on their way to make it easier and more clear for artists to understand what they get paid and what they should get paid for when distributing their music.
The media industry has long been affected by piracy, bribery and some grey zones with questionable businesses, and the music industry cannot escape this development. Time to take action. Music creatives in the UK are currently in a debate with the government about transparency in the digital music industry. So it’s time to step up and take it to a global level and, especially as the digital arena is not limited by country boundaries, we have to work together against music bribery. In the UK, the music communities raised the issue of clarity in intellectual property rights and royalty payments. Record companies, songwriters, composers and other related music artists have already tried to push through a voluntary code of conduct. However, these former voluntary attempts seem insufficient, so it’s time for the government to intervene in the issue of transparency.
GEMA faces troubles about their tariffs
The UK isn’t the only country where the lack of clarity in the distribution of payment to music artists has raised concerned voices. In Germany, the performance rights organization GEMA has been facing some troubles about their tariffs and contracts with members. Troubles that even took them to court.
Even though GEMA was able to find a solution unexpectedly fast, the whole issue about transparency has not been sorted out yet.
This issue shall be discussed on a European, if not global level then.
The European Copyright Directive already takes a step in the right direction to legislate for transparency, but there is still more space for improvement.
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