Annie Joins The Featured Artist Coalition


The Featured Artists’ Coalition has pressed the Government on the issue of ‘fair dealing’.

FAC has met with Culture Secretary Andy Burnham and urged the Government to look at updating copyright legislation covering the fair dealing concept, which allows broadcasters and others to review songs or videos by an artist without asking permission.

FAC believes this is being widely abused with several companies in the UK producing DVDs of well known artists’ audio visual footage with a review placed at the end. By doing so they claim that the DVD is a work of critical review and, therefore, no permission or payment is required.

A simple change to copyright law could end this commercial exploitation of unlicensed music and would be widely welcomed across the industry.

The Verve manager Jazz Summers says, "We had a very constructive meeting with Andy Burnham, and we look forward to working with him to tackle some of the issues the industry faces. Meanwhile, we’re mobilising the artists’ community. Speaking with one voice, the Coalition will campaign for better treatment for all artists’ right – especially in the digital arena – and not just for the big names who generate the headlines."

FAC formed at In The City earlier this month, but already 500 artists, including Annie Lennox, All About Eve, Paul Young, Lady Miss Kier from Deee-Lite and Hot Club de Paris, have signed up to the Coalition, which campaigns for the protection of performers’ and musicians’ rights.

Lennox says, "At a time when the whole industry of music is changing beyond precedence, artists need to take the opportunity to have more say and control over what happens to their intellectual property. I welcome and support the creation of Featured Artists’ Coalition."

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