Performers' Rights 5th ed by Richard Arnold


Performers' Rights 5th ed by Richard Arnold

Author Richard Arnold
Publication Date December 2015
ISBN 9780414038783
Format Hardcover
Publisher Sweet & Maxwell


Performers' Rights is the necessary handbook for practitioners who advise performers, their representatives, and those who exploit performers' rights. It covers the statutory rights of performers under Part II of the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act and subsequent legislation in depth, as well as the legal situation of performers more broadly.
  • The nature and length of performers' rights, as well as relevant case law, are explained.
  • Sets forth important definitions such as "performers," "ownership," and "broadcasting," as well as live performance categories.
  • The link between performer and recording rights is explained.
  • Each type of infringement of performers' rights is discussed, as well as the various defences.
  • Explains the legal process, including who can sue, who can be sued, and where, as well as the many remedies available.
  • The moral rights of performers are discussed.
  • The numerous criminal offences are explained.
  • Analyzes the many contracts that can be used to safeguard rights, such as assignment and licences.
  • Authorship, copyright in sound recordings and films, and passing off are among the other safeguards covered.
  • Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States are among the countries covered.
  • Reproduces pertinent sections of laws, rules, regulations, treaties, conventions, and agreements.


  • Audiovisual Performances Treaty of Beijing
  • The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014, the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014, the Copyright (Public Administration) Regulations 2014, the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and Parody) Regulations 2014, and the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Licensing of Orphan Works) Regulations 2014 amended the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
  • Other recent legislative changes include the Copyright (Regulation of Licensing Bodies) Regulations 2014 and the Copyright and Rights in Performances Regulations 2014. (Extended Collective Licensing) 2014 regulations
  • The case law of the European Union's Court of Justice regulating public communication.
  • The case law of the European Court of Justice on exceptions and limitations.
  • Henderson v All Around the World Recordings is an example of domestic case law.

TABLE OF CONTENTS of Performers' Rights 5th ed

- The Evolution of Performers’ Rights in the UK
- Subsistence and Duration
- Ownership, Licensing, Equitable Remuneration and the Copyright Tribunal
- Infringement
- Permitted Acts and Defences
- Proceedings
- Moral rights
- Criminal Law
- Performers’ Contracts
- Other Forms of Protection for Performers
- Performers’ Rights in Other Countries
- Appendices.

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