BASCA campaigns for the rights of composers and songwriters.
Public affairs, lobbying and campaigning are central to the BASCA cause and inform every decision we make.
We work consistently hard to make sure the concerns of our members get to the right people: in the press (both national and trade publications), in the UK government and in Europe where we spend time and effort fostering and nurturing relationships with key EU decision makers.
With the support of its membership, BASCA campaigns on the issues that affect all songwriters and composers. This can include a broad range of subjects: from legislation to safeguarding of revenue streams; from protection of collective management to action against piracy; from fairness of contracts to fighting coercive commissioning; from specific hands-on issues to broader matters of principle.
Regularly we talk to UK and EU politicians, civil servants and government agencies to create a better environment in which music writers can flourish. On many issues where we are campaigning to UK government our voice becomes stronger when combined with that of the rest of the music industry.APCOE — Alliance of Popular Music Composer Organizations in Europe.
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SAFE HARBOURRemoval of safe harbour for content platforms such as YouTube; these intermediaries benefit from others creativity and knowingly hold infringing copyright works. There has been scope-creep for such platforms which exist to provide content to consumers, therefore we need clarification over what safe harbour should cover and what it should not. We also need a quick and cost effective process to help permanently remove infringing content from these websites that does not penalise the rights-holders.
ADVERTISING INCOMEAdvertising income paid to creators for all usage particularly with YouTube but with all streaming services. Income to creators from this licensing is currently unacceptably small and must be increased to reflect the substantial advertising revenues achieved. This will also require more accurate metadata and transparent reporting to Collective Management Organisations from the streaming companies.
PRIVATE COPYINGThe Musicians’ Union (MU), The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music have launched an application for Judicial Review of the Government’s introduction of a private copying exception without providing fair compensation for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders within the creative sector. The MU, BASCA and UK Music welcome the purpose of the new measures, namely to enable consumers to make a copy of their legally acquired music. However, this is a bad piece of legislation as it incorrectly implements the law by failing to include fair compensation for musicians, composers and rights-holders.
TRANSPARENCYBASCA are asking for the loosening up the terms of NDAs to allow for comprehensive Collective Management Organisations audit rights for writers from all income streams including digital. We need more clarification from PRS what is absolutely essential about the commercial aspects of their negotiations that requires NDAs and where there is room for giving more information to writers. Currently, there are strict non-disclosure agreements, i.e.: confidentiality agreements surrounding the terms of the licenses granted to digital service providers. This means that even the songwriters whose works are being licensed to the services have no information about the rates at which their works are being exploited.