The last few years have been an incredibly gruelling time for the music industry, the effects of which will be felt for years to come. Whilst performers have been increasingly diversifying and creatively seeking out alternative sources of income in an attempt to cover the stark drop-off in certain revenue streams (see the exponential rise of music-related NFTs, by way of example), there is one source that, at least between the UK and Australia, has been broken for some time now, and it continues to hit British and Australian featured and non-featured performers, producers and session musicians directly in their pocket: neighbouring rights.
What is the issue with neighbouring rights, and how is it impacting Australian and British performers? Keypoint media lawyer, Nick Weaser, details the effects of the gap and the current opportunity for change.
If you have any questions on neighbouring rights that you wish to discuss, or have questions on how to get involved in the conversation, please contact Nick.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. Please also note that the law may have changed since the date of this article.