Bragg manager backs subscription music services

[Copyright conference coverage]: Peter Jenner, of Sincere Management, one time manager of Pink Floyd and now Billy Bragg, said we all “need” copyright. But there are differences between the creator and the investor. “The creator is often used as the fig leaf for the investors greed.” Very few artists get royalties – “I’m unhappy with the way the total amount of money that comes into the industry, a small amount

Copyright is bread and butter to artists, says PPL

[Copyright conference coverage] Fran Nevrkla, chairman & CEO, PPL, said the comfort of academia is publically funded – and debate over copyright comes down to income for performers (PPL represents 30,000 members). “One day I’ll read out a letter from one of our performers – not George Michael – at December that 1,000 quid cheque meant my family can have a Christmas.”

Copyright extension works against creativity

[Copyright conference coverage] Rufus Pollock, director & co-founder of The Open Knowledge Foundation said extending copryight does not bring Elvis from the grave to create more works. “When we increase the amount you pay for older works, you reduce the amount spent on new ones.” Secondly, extension of copyright does not act as an incentive for archive holders to release it for new artists to use and re-use.

Cory Doctorow: Work with the Net not against it

[Copyright conference coverage] Cory Doctorow, European Affairs Co-ordinator, Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the lessen from history is that “technology giveth and technology taketh away” and to succeed in this new world you need to work with technology. “I now sell more books even though my book is released online on the same day it comes out in print… Every time someone comes up against DRM, they defect, so we should

Old music lags earn a better living than newbies

[Copyright conference coverage]: Martin Kretschmer Professor, Bournemouth University: “I suggest we use extended collective licensing – can’t call it a compulsory license, but on the ground you say after a short period of exclusive rights the work gets an ‘innovation license’ and royalties are negotiated thereafter. The people who earn a good living from copyright are a handful of artists, usually at the end of their career.”

More copyright equals less innovation?

[Copyright conference coverage]: Martin Kretschmer Professor, Bournemouth University, made the point that Ibuprofen and Nurofen are the same essential product but Nurofen costs ten times as much. Why because the copyright on Ibuprofen ran out in the 80s and Boots decided to market Nurofen… “If you want high prices and less innovation then extend the terms of copyright.”