Cross-border working, touring and international collaboration are deep in the DNA of the live performance sector.
Activities of artists, cultural professionals and live performance organizations are rarely limited to their own country. Nowadays they are very mobile and accept to perform abroad.
Copyright clearance must be tackled well in advance of a performance. This issue becomes even more complicated when a music group, theatre or dance company is invited to perform abroad. To make creative content accessible to an audience requires a separate rights clearance process in each country where the performance is due to be staged.
The frequently asked questions are:
Who is responsible for the rights clearance?
Which entities, collecting societies or publishers need to be contacted and how can a good deal be negotiated with them?
And as if this was not complicated enough, other questions arise regarding whether or not to take into account national copyright rules or harmonised European legislation.
This guide will walk you through the basics of copyright legislation and explain the main principles. It gives an overview of the stakeholders involved in the copyright chain and provides both practical insights and tips on how to handle the clearance process and contract negotiations as well as updating the regarding the developments in Copyright legislation, in particular copyright clearance for the online environment.
The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers - Copyright Clearing for Live Events Update 2021 is a new edition in the frame of the EFA RISE 2 project! It follows the successful synergy partnership between EFA and Pearle* - Live Performance Europe started in 2014, in the context of EFA RISE, to improve general knowledge of the legal and managerial aspects of cross-border cultural cooperation and counts with similar publications on Social Security, Artist Taxation, VAT, Copyright Clearing for Live Events and Visas for Third Country National Artists Travelling to the Schengen Area. In the frame of EFA RISE 2 updates were produced to account for the changes in legislation.