Is equitable remuneration equitable? Performers' rights in the UK

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Osborne, R. 2017. Is equitable remuneration equitable? Performers' rights in the UK. Popular Music and Society. 40 (5), pp. 573-591. https://doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2017.1348660
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TitleIs equitable remuneration equitable? Performers' rights in the UK
AuthorsOsborne, R.
Abstract

British musicians receive “equitable remuneration” when their recordings are played in public or are broadcast. Performers’ rights are weaker than those of songwriters, however. This is largely because songwriters are the first owners of their copyrights, whereas performers rarely own the copyright in their sound recordings. This article concerns the remuneration of musicians’ labor. It looks at the legislative evolution of performers’ rights in the UK and addresses the influence that songwriters, record companies, and the Musicians’ Union have had on this area of copyright law. It argues that performers will only achieve legislative parity with songwriters if the ownership and conceptualization of sound recording copyright are reconfigured. This copyright should be awarded to performers for their creative labor, rather than to record companies for their financial and administrative endeavors.

PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalPopular Music and Society
ISSN0300-7766
Electronic1740-1712
Publication dates
Online19 Jul 2017
Print20 Oct 2017
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Deposited14 Feb 2018
Accepted26 Jun 2017
Output statusPublished
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Popular Music and Society on 19/07/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03007766.2017.1348660

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Special Edition: Popular Music and Labor

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2017.1348660
Web of Science identifierWOS:000417606400006
LanguageEnglish
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