MusicTank to host Who Pays for The Right To Copy

Music TankMusicTank is to bring together a panel of music industry and copyright experts to explore a new system to effectively compensate rightsholders for private copying.

Taking place on 25 June at the University of Westminster, Private Copy Exemption: Rightsholders and Remuneration will examine how to charge those who profit from facilitating the copying of music such as digital storage and device manufacturers.

Last year, the UK adopted an EU Directive on private copy exception granting consumers the legal right to copy CDs and DVDs.  A large body of rightsholders including UK Music and BASCA have since appealed against the legislation, claiming there is no ‘fair compensation’ for rightsholders.

Jane Dyball, CEO of the MCPS, Music Publishers Association, PMLL and IMPEL and CMU’s Chris Cooke will be among the music industry experts debating the issue. The free discussion paper – Private Copying of Music – will be used as a starting part for the talk.

Keith Harris, MusicTank chair at the University of Westminster, said:Compensatory systems for private copying need to be reviewed in depth in order to propose a model that does not become obsolete with the evolution of technology and this dissertation kick-starts a much-needed debate about how the industry might respond to such a requirement.’

Visit the MusicTank website to find out more and buy tickets.

The full list of speakers is below;

Jane Dyball, CEO of the MPA, MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL.
Martin Kretschmer – leading copyright academic and CREATe director.
Balázs Bodó, senior research fellow, University of Amsterdam.
John Smith – general secretary, Musician’s Union.
Chris Cooke – CMU editor and industry commentator.