Policy, Research & Politics

Liberia: Protest song producer arrested and allegedly assaulted

Liberian musician Augustine Ford, aka A.Fo4doe, says he will sue police officers who allegedly assaulted him during his arrest on 22 September after he revealed he was the producer behind a hit protest song criticising the government over a missing shipping container said to contain 90 million euros worth of freshly minted Liberian banknotes.

Freemuse

Senate passes copyright bill to end 140-year protection for old songs

The bill managed to get the support of several groups that are normally at each others' throats: music publishers, record labels, songwriters, major technology companies, and digital rights groups.

Ars Technica

Touring in China Remains Unpredictable As Gov't Keeps A Watchful Eye on Music Industry

China is the ultimate enigma for the music business: It has seemingly unlimited potential as the most populous country in the world, but artists and their concert promoters are still facing unique obstacles to growth there.

Billboard

A Protest Singer Finds Her Voice in Vietnam’s Police State

“We keep going,” she said, speaking of artists who offer social commentary under the gaze of Vietnam’s sprawling police state. “But we have to be careful to avoid problems.”

The New York Times

Les Etats-Unis instaurent des droits d'auteur numériques pour les vieux tubes

Jusqu'à présent, les oeuvres composées avant 1972 ne percevaient pas de royalties lorsqu'elles étaient diffusées sur internet.

Les Echos

Afghan Orchestra Flourishes Despite Violence, Social Pressure

The consequences of Afghanistan’s increasingly deadly war are weighing heaviest on the nation’s civilians, with women bearing the brunt of the violence. The Taliban banned music and girls education, and restricted outdoor activities of women when the group was controlling most of Afghanistan.

VOA

Citizen-­oriented Cohesion Policy with a prominent place for culture

In reaction to the European Commission’s proposal for the future EU Cohesion policy, the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts advocates for a citizen-oriented approach of the Cohesion Policy supporting active citizenship and the involvement by communities and individuals.

Live DMA

UN Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

To mark the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur examines the cultural rights approach to the universality of human rights, and the close interrelationship between universality and cultural diversity. She enumerates current threats to universality, calling for foundational renewal and vigorous defence of this principle.

United Nations

Israeli public radio apologises after playing Hitler's favourite composer Richard Wagner

Classical radio station Kol HaMusica on Friday broadcast Wagner’s Twilight of the gods" (Gotterdammerung) despite the country's boycott, prompting a number of complaints from listeners.

The Telegraph


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