Policy, Research & Politics

Brian Eno calls for rethink about meaning and value of culture

The musician and producer Brian Eno has called for a rethink of culture due to "complete confusion" around the subject.

The Guardian

Happy Birthday To Everybody: Victory For The Public Domain

It's now (probably) legal to publicly sing the world's most popular song, thanks to an opinion handed down yesterday by a federal judge in Los Angeles. After years of litigation, the court held that the lyrics1 of "Happy Birthday To You" are not restricted by Warner/Chappell's copyright, handing a solid victory to a group of filmmakers producing a documentary about the song, not to mention the general public.


Patti Smith urges musicians to pursue social activism

Among various issues, she's created songs to protest Israeli foreign policy, oppose the Iraq War and benefit the AIDS movement. Decades after the height of her prolific career, now a time of #BlackLivesMatter protests and continued momentum behind climate action, Smith has hope for today's musicians using their art to tackle social issues.


Une campagne choc et gore contre le téléchargement illégal

Et s'il fallait remonter à 2007 pour trouver l'une des campagnes les plus efficaces, quoi que très gore, contre le téléchargement illégal ?

Virgin Radio

Burkina Faso: Music studio bombed after coup

Studio Abazon in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, was attacked in the early hours of Thursday 17 September. The studio is owned and run by top Burkinabe rapper and revolutionary artist, Serges Martin Bambara - aka Smockey (or Smokey).

Music in Africa

United Nations: Right to artistic freedom of expression reaffirmed

Those who suppress artistic expression fear its transformative effect. This was one of the messages delivered when 53 states at the 30th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 18 September 2015 reaffirmed the right to creative and artistic expression.


Risks on stage

The OiRA tools for the Live Performance sector have been developed to give venues, production companies and all those working in the sector a roadmap to address the many health and safety challenges they face.

On The Move

Establishment of Alibaba Music to Lead to “Music Copyright War” in China

Crunch time: the state's desire to increase the protection of IP rights and the market's desire to fully capitalize on IP – best represented by the investments made by tech co's into media content acquisition and generation – are coming to a head.

China Music Radar

De la musique pour exiger le droit de vivre en Afrique de l'Ouest

Onze artistes d'Afrique de l'Ouest, regroupés au sein du collectif Artwatch, se mobilisent pour le droit de vivre et contre le fondamentalisme et l'obscurantisme.


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