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VillagePeopleLast year, Blue Pencil reported that former Village People member Victor Willis (he is the one who dressed like a policeman) was taking his record company to court in order to claim back his copyrights.

Recent reports suggest that he has been successful and that his exercise of this termination rights means that the copyrights of his smash hit songs such as In the Navy and YMCA will revert to him, together with his entitlement to royalties. Mr Willis when interviewed on BBC’s Radio 4 Broadcasting House programme said that he reckoned he was entitled to $30million dollars.

In our previous article we reported that the record company asserted that Mr Willis was an employee of them and as such any intellectual property rights vested with the record company.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 02:00

Auntie's Comfort Blanket?

64 IvanChandlerIn tune with Ivan Chandler of Musicalities.

When cover by the BBC blanket licence is not so cosy.


The BBC has ongoing music licensing agreements with PRS (The Performing Right Society), MCPS (the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society) - jointly known as PRS for Music - and PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) giving the broadcaster effectively blanket coverage to use whatever music they like.

Through reciprocal arrangements with similar songwriter and publisher societies around the world, PRS for Music offers the BBC the right to use a vast repertoire of thousands of songs and other musical compositions of every conceivable genre.

Published in Music

62 StarWarsInternational variations in copyright time limits have led the Supreme Court Finding Against George Lucas in the UK

Mr Andrew Ainsworth made 50 helmets for the first Star Wars film, and subsequently using his original tools made the helmets and armour for sale to the public. The United Kingdom's relatively new top court, The Supreme Court, issued judgment in the case of Lucas Films, makers of the Star War films, and others against Andrew Ainsworth and others on the 27 July 2011, with the wisdom and might of Obi Wan Kenobi.

Published in Film
Friday, 11 May 2012 01:00

Brighton Rocks to Creative Barcode

55 Brighton

One cannot copyright an idea only the manifestation of an idea, even though the core idea is probably where the real intrinsic value rests.

Whether it is an invention, TV format or piece of music one is very vulnerable when trying to win backers to invest, commission or promote an idea. Many organisations are very honourable, but even so the law books are peppered with cases where disputes have arisen about an organisation being accused of copying an idea but not giving credit to the instigator of the idea. Excuses include our idea is similar, but sufficiently different to suggest it is a different manifestation and therefore no breach of copyright. Another excuse is we were thinking along similar lines when you submitted your idea.

Published in Media
Saturday, 12 May 2012 03:12

OMG!

50 MusicCC Considers IMR role for Copyright Standards.

Earlier this year the Consultative Committee (CC) of the International Music Registry (IMR) has decided to prepare a report entitled, 'Analysis Report on Function Requirements for the International Music Registry'. The IMR purpose is to facilitate faster, easier access to music, sound recording and music videos information, and its licensing in the context of the digital environment by providing a network of reliable information about the music. The IMR is a collaboration of the worldwide music industry, with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) acting as the facilitator.

Published in Music
Friday, 11 May 2012 03:00

The Art World Gets Tough

44 BoxerThe global art market is estimated to be worth about 43 billion Euros per annum, but it is prey to forgeries and unauthorised reproduction of art work.

The art market including museums and foundations, is very keen to curb counterfeiting, as its insidious nature could undermine trust in the art market.

Published in The Arts

cliffrichard3One of the copyright anomalies seems to becoming to an end. The EU has ratified a draft directive that the copyright in musical performances will be extended from 50 to 70 years. In addition, if a record label fails to offer a record to the public insufficient quantities then the draft directive allows for the rights to revert to the performer.

There has been a sustained campaign to make this change. Many musical performances from the 1960s were at risk of falling out of copyright and as some of these performers now face their dotage they wish for the royalties to continue and serve as a pension.

Published in Music
Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:08

Barcode Use to Help Protect Creativity

zebra3One cannot copyright an idea only the manifestation of an idea, even though the core idea is probably where the real intrinsic value rests.

Whether it is an invention, TV format or piece of music one is very vulnerable when trying to win backers to invest, commission or promote an idea. Many organisations are very honourable, but even so the law books are peppered with cases where disputes have arisen about an organisation being accused of copying an idea but not giving credit to the instigator of the idea. Excuses include our idea is similar, but sufficiently different to suggest it is a different manifestation and therefore no breach of copyright. Another excuse is we were thinking along similar lines when you submitted your idea.

Published in News Summary
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