On the evening of Monday 18th April 2016, New IP Lawyers and guests came together at the Digital Catapult Centre in London.

JAThe Hon Mr Justice Arnold gave an informative and thought provoking key note speech on Performers’ Rights. Arnold noted that the area of law has become much more complex and developed over recent years. He demonstrated this by the fact that his first book in the subject was only 232 pages, but the most recent version runs to 645. Arnold covered the history and development of Performers’ Rights in great detail, supplemented by his own personal experiences as both a barrister and Judge, considering the law at International, European and National levels. In particular, he discussed in detail each relevant sections and schedules of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Arnold defended performers’ rights with both economic and moral rights theories and argued that in fact a performance is more closely tied to a performers’ personality than perhaps an authors’. The talk invited some interesting questions and discussion from the audience, chaired by Professor Ruth Towse from CIPPM.

Following this, two short papers where presented. The first was “Distributed ownership: the place of performers’ rights in musical practice” by Dr Ananay Aguilar from University of Cambridge. Ananay Aguilar explored whether it makes sense to distinguish between composers and performers through empirical research.

Gowri    Ananay

The second papers was “Hello… It’s the Singers from the Other Side: Sinhala Singers’ Performers’ Rights Dream” by Dr Gowri Nanayakkara from Canterbury Christ Church University. Gowri Nanayakkara also presented a case study, carried out into the Sri Lankan music industry, which indicated that International Performers’ Rights could be inconsistent with the Sinhala vocalists’ position in the local music industry.

Both papers were very interesting and, again, encouraged discussion and questions from the audience, chaired by Professor Charlotte Waelde from Coventry University.

Finally, the evening concluded with a wonderful performance from The Belladonna Brigade!

The BB

The event was organised by Hayleigh Bosher, on behalf of the New IP Lawyers Network.


Tweets from the event were captured on a Storify which you can access here

The Hon. Mr Justice Arnold on Performers’ Rights

Distributed ownership the place of performers’ rights in musical practice , Dr. Ananay Aguilar (University of Cambridge)

Hello It’s The Singers From the Other Side: Sinhala Singers’ Performers’ Rights Dream, Dr Gowri Nanayakkara (Senior Lecturer in Law, Canterbury Christ Church University)