Performers Rights

Posted in copyright, Teaching by coda on December 18, 2009

I have recently noticed a number of clips from the X Factor appearing on some SNS sites, and thought about Performers Rights and why we see very cases appearing before the courts. There was the well-publicised You Tube blocking of videos and the dispute involving You Tube and Viacom.

This topic will feature in my new course next year. Here are some useful links to relevant readings:

1. Introduction

2. Caselaw

Performing Right Society, Limited v. Mitchell and Booker (Palais de Danse), Limited  [1924] 1 KB 762

King’s Bench Division KBD Mccardie J. 1924 Jan. 28, 29; Feb. 6.

Experience Hendrix LLC v Purple Haze Records Ltd & Another [2005] EWHC 249 (Ch)

Rickless v United Artists Corp [1988] Q.B. 40 (‘Peter Sellers case’)

RCA v Pollard [1983] Ch. 135.

EC Rental and Lending Rights Directive and the EC Information Society Directive 2001/29

Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 1996 (SI 1996/2967)

Copyright Designs Patents Act 1988 Section 182CA of the CDPA (inserted by the Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003, which implements the Information Society Directive 2001/29.

General Links:

Performing Rights Society



RIAA site

EU Information Society web page

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