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Line up revealed for MusicTank’s private copy debate

By | Published on Friday 8 May 2015


MusicTank has announced the line up for its previously reported event ‘Who Pays For The Right To Copy?’, exploring the private copy right installed as an exception in UK copyright law last year, arguments that such an exception should be accompanied by a levy for the music community (as is the case in mainland Europe), and how exactly such a levy could be applied in the digital age, in the UK and beyond.

The debate will take as its starting point the paper recently published by MusicTank and penned by former University Of Westminster student Sam Rudy which explores the possibility of charging those who specifically profit from facilitating the copying of music – digital storage providers and device manufacturers.

Taking part in the debate will be MCPS and now interim Music Publishers Association boss Jane Dyball, leading copyright academic Martin Kretschmer, Musician’s Union General Secretary John Smith, University Of Amsterdam’s Balázs Bodó and CMU Business Editor and very-opinionated-on-music-copyright-person Chris Cooke.

The event takes place on 25 Jun, and details and tickets are here. Meanwhile MusicTank Chair Keith Harris says: “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”.