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performers' rights

the legal protection given to persons and businesses from the making of unauthorized films, broadcasts, recordings or cable transmission of their performances.

In the UK, the Performers' Protection Acts 1958-72, as updated by the COPYRIGHT, DESIGNS AND PATENTS ACT 1988, give protection to original performances for 50 years. In cases of infringement, performers may seek an injunction through the Courts preventing further abuses, with offenders liable to pay unlimited damages/ fines and to prison sentences in extreme cases.

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In accordance with the fundamental principles underlying intellectual property law and global trends, this Note will argue that this problem should be addressed by incorporating into the American intellectual property scheme an enumerated set of performers' rights and limited moral rights.
For the unfamiliar, in general, the performers' rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) administer the copyrights for a vast collection of musical work and license the use of these catalogues.
The Individual Exploitation of Sound Recordings and Performers' Rights
If adopted, the UAE official said the treaty will extend performers' rights against unauthorized use of audiovisual performances to films and videos available on the internet and will raise the minimum term of protection to 50 years from the Rome Convention's 20 years, as provided by the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPs).
The changes bring performers' rights closer to those of composers who have protection throughout their lives and for 70 years after their deaths.
The SCAPR is an international association that aims to improve cooperation between performers' management organisations worldwide in order to manage performers' rights optimally.
Recommendation 3: The European Commission should retain the length of protection on sound recordings and performers' rights at 50 years.
It's clearly a violation of our rights and of the performers' rights.
The European Parliament decided to go half-way, after concluding that the extension of performers' rights to 95 years was too long.
Speaking at the launch in Dublin, Paul Brady said it was time to protect Irish performers' rights.
He said the key importance of intellectual labour and performers' rights should prevail over market forces.