Policy, Research & Politics

Jordi Savall says “no, thank you” to protest government cuts

Two winners of this year's Spanish National Arts Prizes have turned down their awards, accusing the government of systematically damaging the sector.

El Pais

How Isis got its anthem

A stark Arabic chant is emerging as the anthem of the Islamic State. The rise of the jihadi 'nasheed'.

The Guardian

Copyright education should begin with the rights owners

How many people working in the music business actually understand what copyright is, why it exists and how it works at a basic level?

Complete Music Update

Lawsuit Against Warner/Chappell Music Claims 'Happy Birthday' Belongs to Public Domain

In the late 19th century, a schoolteacher named Patty Smith Hill and her sister Mildred Hill composed the first version of a tune that would become internationally famous.


Moroccan Rapper Arrested for Song Misusing National Anthem

The young rapper Othman A., nicknamed "Mister Crazy" is being prosecuted for posting inappropriate music videos.

Morocco World News

Burkina Faso: Piraterie - Un comité pour vaincre le phénomène

Le Bureau burkinabè du droit d'auteur(BBDA) a installé, vendredi 24 octobre 2014 à Ouagadougou, les membres du Comité national de lutte contre la piraterie des œuvres littéraires et artistiques.

All Africa

Zimbabwe: Do Copyright Issues in Music Matter?

Zimbabwe Music Rights Association have dealt with close to a 100 cases dealing with copyright issues but none of these have gone to the court.

The Herald 

Vladimir Jurowski and the Art of Musical Rebellion

Along with his London ties, Jurowski also has some strong feelings about his native Russia, whether it's parsing the political subtexts in Soviet repertoire or speaking out on present-day civil liberties.


Pakistan: Women musicians speak out about ‘the gender challenge’

In Pakistan today, women often find themselves unable to pursue music careers because of conservative family attitudes, political insecurity, and gender inequality.


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