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Could ‘fair compensation’ be fairer to all?
Finding an alternative to copyright levies
The economists at Oxera publish excellent Agenda articles on a range of topics, and this most recent one deals with the contentious issue of copyright levies.
The majority of EU countries have a system of copyright levies on blank media and devices
with storage capacity, such as MP3 players, mobile phones and recordable DVD players. Yet
the rationale for, and implementation of, these regimes have been subject to a series of legal
disputes and economic criticism in recent years, and some countries, including Spain, Finland
and the Netherlands, have begun to look for change. Could an alternative system be less
distortionary while still adequately compensating rights holders?
An order of the day
Hartwig Kirner, managing director of Fairtrade Austria, on the market in Austria, political reality and global networking.
Can you describe the activities of Fairtrade Austria in a few sentences?
Of course. Fairtrade Austria is both a development policy-oriented NGO and simultaneously a labelling organization that certifies companies with very clear guidelines, thus an organization that provides a neutral, independently controlled label for companies in Austria.
Culture and Development
fair music - the initiative for fairness and justice in the music industry
Interview with Sabine Reiter (mica - music austria)
Sabine Reiter, executive director of mica - music austria, is responsible for the fair music initiative, which stands up for fairness and justice in the music industry. Yvonne Gimpel (Austrian Commission for UNESCO) spoke to her about goals, intentions and potentials of the international initiative.
Gallo Report: 3 Strikes Model Passes EC Parliament
No doubt, there are various views and opinions on how to meet the challenge of updating copyright (standing for all aspects of intellectual property rights) to be fit for the digital age:
Some people think that well conducted educational campaigns will help to increase the level of ethic awareness when downloading copyright protected content without authorisation. Others point out that neither technical barriers nor threat of punishment will change people’s online behaviour, they rather suggest a “content leger” or “cultural tax” to be collected through internet providers for pragmatic reasons.
Abandoning old ways of thinking
Eva Lichtenberger is the European Delegate for the Austrian Green Party and Vice Chairman of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. No matter if about transport, climate or copyright, sustainable management is a permanent issue on her desk. With mica she talked about the free beer mentality, apparatuses fighting for survival, and the actual difficulties with participation.
creating a fairer condition
We support this initiative in creating a fairer condition for all workers of music. The science and arts of communication through music must have the right legal framework which will enable or strengthening the position of the creators, performers and the artists!
fair music - Interview with Eirini Cheimoniti
Fair music: Open the horizons
Eirini Cheimoniti is a profound specialist in corporate social responsibility. with mica – music information centre she talked about real and sustainable added value, significant risks and innovation at affordable prices.
As far as you know the initiative "fair music", what do you think of its
To my understanding the initiative “fair music” aims to safeguard benefits both for the musicians and the global community: working for the just recognition and remuneration of the musicians as well as for their access to the world markets, it targets the autonomy and independency of musicians. The achievement of these targets clearly implies the achievement of diversity and freedom in music, creating benefits also for the global audiences.
Support DIY, the underground music scene, your local artists and promotors. pay for some of the tracks, show respect, come to the shows and communicate!
It is long overdue!
MICA's Fair Music Initiative, if adopted by the music industry throughout the world (and it should be), is something of a Geneva Convention for composers and musicians; it is long overdue.
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