Mar 12

I ett pressmeddelande (PDF) uppger STIM i dag att man inlett diskussioner med internetleverantören Tele2 för att diskutera möjligheterna till ett internetabonnemang som gör det lagligt att ladda ner musik på internet.

Stims förslag innebär att den som lagligt vill kunna ladda ner musik för eget bruk ska kunna välja ett internetabonnemang som tillåter detta mot en högre månadsavgift. Extrakostnaden för ”fri fildelning” skulle stå i proportion till det samlade nyttjandet av musik på nätet. Abonnemanget skulle ge laglig tillgång till musik på internet. Det hela blir möjligt genom att internetoperatören sluter ett licensavtal med Stim och andra rättighetshavare, på samma sätt som radiokanaler, affärskedjor och idrottsanläggningar redan gör.

Detta är väl egentligen vad STIM hela tiden förespråkat? Jag noterar även att även om man på ett ställe i pressmeddelandet skriver “fri fildelning” (med citattecken) så verkar det ju handla om att avgiften ska ge rätt att ladda ner, vilket ju fortfarande inte möjliggör fildelning eftersom alla moderna protokoll förutsätter att den som laddar ner även laddar upp. Dessutom måste det ju på något sätt finnas något att ladda ner. Om Tele2 ska gå med på detta måste det ju vara ett minimikrav att avtalet verkligen ger fri fildelning. Sedan kan man tycka vad man vill om den här typen av lösning.


Aug 23

Buma/Stemra, den holländska motsvarigheten till STIM, har startat ett ettårigt pilotprojekt genom vilket medlemmarna bland annat skall kunna licensiera ut sin musik under Creative Commons IckeKommersiell-licenser.


PRESS RELEASE

Buma/Stemra and Creative Commons Netherlands launch a pilot

More opportunities for music authors to promote their own music

Amsterdam, 23 August 2007 – Buma/Stemra and Creative Commons Netherlands are launching a pilot that will give members of Buma/Stemra the opportunity to publish their music works under a non-commercial Creative Commons licence. Composers and lyricists, who to date have only been able to publish their work under a Creative Commons license, may now opt to join Buma/Stemra and have this organisation collect their royalties for commercial use of their work. With this pilot Buma/Stemra and Creative Commons Netherlands seek to provide Dutch musicians with more opportunities to promote their own repertoire.

The Netherlands is the first country to bring about this kind of collaboration between a music copyright organisation and Creative Commons. Lawrence Lessig, the founder and chairman of Creative Commons International, says “This unique and innovative collaboration between Buma/ Stemra and Creative Commons is the first step towards more freedom of choice in the field of exploiting music works in the digital world.”

Ronald Plasterk, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science applauds the initiative: “The pilot is in line with the growing need of creative people to distribute their own works through digital networks. Music authors are now entirely free to place their works before a national as well as international public. At the same time they still have the benefits of collective management. The collaboration between Buma/Stemra and Creative Commons is unique and without equal in the field. The collective rights organisation Buma/Stemra shows that it is open to innovation. With this collaboration the Netherlands confirm its leading position as a country for creative entrepreneurs to settle.”

More individual solutions
Creative Commons Netherlands and Buma/Stemra are pleased about the pilot, which gives authors of works more freedom to choose between the commercial and non-commercial exploitation of their works. The emergence of internet requires more flexibility in managing copyrights. This is why Buma/Stemra launched the Flexco project in 2005* to examine the opportunities to provide their members with more individual solutions based on new technological developments, without harming the collective. Cees Vervoord, Buma/Stemra’s Chairman, says, “This initiative reflects our intention to provide the best possible service to our members. We hope that this pilot makes it easier for music authors to promote their works.”

End of all-or-nothing scenario
Until now authors have been unable to make available part of their repertoire for non-commercial use on the internet and at the same time have Buma/Stemra collect their royalties for commercial use of those works. Paul Keller, Public Project Lead of Creative Commons Netherlands, says,

“We are pleased that this pilot brings to an end the all-or-nothing scenario. This way the Creative Commons Licenses can complement the existing collective management system.”

The pilot was launched on 23 August 2007 and will continue for a period of one year, after which it will be evaluated. The pilot is open to all Dutch composers and lyricists. For more information on it, please visit www.bumastemra.nl and www.creativecommons.nl.


About Creative Commons Netherlands

Creative Commons Netherlands (CC-NL) is a joint venture between Knowledgeland, Waag Society and the Institute for Information Law (IViR) in cooperation with Creative Commons International, a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works. The Creative Commons licenses are an alternative licensing system whereby authors of copyright protected works choose to share their works with third parties without prior permission and under certain conditions. By using a Creative Commons Licence authors are able to distribute their work in an easy and transparent manner to a broad public, thus maximizing publicity. By having works managed by a collective rights organisation made available under a Creative Commons licence as well, the authors can draw on the potential of internet to focus attention on their entire repertoire.

About Buma/Stemra
Buma/Stemra represents the interests of domestic and foreign music authors and publishers in the Netherlands. Buma/Stemra’s core task is to exploit music copyrights (i.e. collect and distribute royalties) and manage them for its affiliated composers, lyricists and music publishers. Buma/ Stemra performs its duties in a professional and efficient manner by representing their members’ interests and providing services of the highest quality and at the lowest possible cost. Buma/ Stemra protects music copyrights and supports the cultural (national) music product. This makes it an organisation that does more than just exploiting music copyrights.

*In 2005 Buma/Stemra launched the project Flexco with the aim to research the possibilities to offer right holders more tailor-made solutions by using new technologies, without losing the benefits of collective exploitation, such as an arrangement to show your own music on your own website.”

For further information please contact Creative Commons Nederland or Buma/Stemra:

Creative Commons Nederland:
Paul Keller (public project lead)
Telefoon: 06 41374687
Email: paul@creativecommons.nl
www.creativecommons.nl/bumapilot/

Buma/Stemra:
Noortje de Bakker
Telefoon: (023) 799 75 80
E-mail: noortje.de.bakker@bumastemra.nl
www.bumastemra.nl/ jättelång adress


Mar 27

The Creative Commons blog reports that a disco bar in Spain that plays only CC music has won in court against the Spanish collecting society Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (“SGAE”). SGAE had demanded royalties but the bar argued that they only played CC music. And they won! :-) In theory I don’t see how the case could have ended in any oter way but it’s still good to have a precedent like this. The collecting societies might have to modify their approach (“You play music. Pay us money.”) if more people start playing CC music.


Jan 5

I Finland har Teosto, som verkar var motsvarigheten till STIM, höjt priserna för att spela musik på restauranger etc.

Teosto (the Finnish RIAA) has independently decided to raise prices for restaurants playing music to their customers. The raise is pretty significant as for a restaurant for 800 customers open 5 days a week the price for to pay for Teosto rises from 4000€ a year to 40 000€ a year (HS). A 10-fold increase – that’s ridiculous.- Antti Vilpponen

40 000€ om året låter väldigt mycket. Vad tar STIM, tro? Och hur många krögare, caféägare med flera är tillräckligt trötta på denna kostnad för att gå över till tex Creative Commons-licensierad musik?


Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Sweden
This work by Karl Jonsson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Sweden.