How will Brexit affect music licensing legislation in the UK?
When we decided to postpone Music 4.5: The Politics of Licensing until after the UK referendum on EU membership, it was with a fervent hope that all would be – as we saw it – well, and the UK would remain.
That, as we all now know, isn’t what happened, and even as we are all still processing the various implications of Brexit in our personal and professional lives, it’s clear that it has turned the already complicated and politically-laden issue of music licensing even more so.
First, it was artists against the Digital Copyright Millennium Copyright Act and its legislation; now, more than 1,000 artists have signed a petition against the safe harbours of EU Commerce Directive.
In tandem, YouTube’s dominance in the audio streaming market has taken a beating, giving artists more leverage as they renegotiate licensing terms. Does this latest development mean that the utopian level-playing field between streaming services is closer to reality? Could the ‘value gap’ be starting to narrow via a combination of licensing legislation and artist and consumer-ledreform?
But where does the UK sit within this? As continents on either side of us thrash out the next stage of music licensing, which outcome will affect us most? Will we be able to cherry-pick the parts that work best for our changing music and political landscape, or should we be pushing hard for some kind of concessions in the single market? Are we to be part of either discussion, or simply sit back and accept the new rules of multi-territorial licensing? What should artists and rightsholders do in the interim, and how do they navigate whatever outcome?
Music 4.5: The Politics of Licensing will cover these and other questions, such as:
– How do artists, rightsholders, and users navigate multi-territory licensing?
– Is there a level playing field between different service providers, e.g. Spotify and YouTube?
– If linear and non-linear services are increasingly competing head on, what is being done to align the licensing?
– What changes will guarantee a free market with like-for-like competition and increased revenues returned to artists and rightsholders?
– Will the EU directive deliver a level playing field between collective rights management organisations?
– How is the EU directive affected by the US ‘safe harbour’ legislation and how is the EU dealing with it?
Music 4.5: The Politics of Licensing will take place on 27 September in London. Book your tickets here.