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The art of sound: IP rights for music-focused digital artists

This event will take a look at issues of intellectual property for multimedia artists sharing work and ideas in the field of music.

When it comes to cross collaboration in multimedia art forms, the lines can get blurred in terms of who owns what when there is more than one author. This is typical in terms of digital art forms where varied creative input has been pooled together to create sound scapes, or in the use of sampled music to build installations or to create performance pieces. When working across the creative spectrum with DJs, VJs, music producers, visual artists, filmmakers and owners of performance spaces, professional multimedia artists can protect their work by outlining agreements such as licensing contracts, copyright assignments and contracts with live venues. This event will take an in depth look at issues of intellectual property (IP) and Creative Commons licenses for multimedia artists sharing work and ideas in the field of music.

The event is delivered in two modules covering different aspects of the subject:

Module 1: Issues of authorship – IP contracts between collaborative artists
Own-it has invited Gary Stewart and Trevor Mathison, co-founders of Dubmorphology, a research, production and performance group which makes temporary and permanent installations focusing on technology, culture and creativity. With music being one component of their work, both guests will speak about issues of authorship, copyright and contract issues in many of the music, sound and visual collaborations that they have been involved with nationally and internationally, including Massive Attack's Meltdown Festival at Southbank in 2008, the Big Chill Music Festival and last year's Mix It Up event at Tate Britain. This module will be chaired by Gaylene Gould, writer and broadcaster from Radio 4's Front Row.

Module 1 will take place on 21 April 2010 from 6-8pm, followed by drinks/networking until 9pm.

Module 2: Contracts between artists and live venues
In the second module, Gary Stewart and Trevor Mathison, co-founders of Dubmorphology, the production and digital performance group, will discuss their experiences of agreeing promotional contracts with venue or arts managers at a range of venues including Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), The National Maritime Museum, Arnolfini (Bristol), FACT Liverpool, the South Bank and smaller club venues. The discussion will focus around issues such as the exploitation of material for promotion either through venue blogs, websites or in house flyers. The event will be chaired by Indie Choudhury (Curator of Visual Dialogues at Tate Britain).

Module 2 will take place on 28 April 2010 from 6-8pm, followed by drinks/networking until 9pm.


Gary Stewart | talks
Trevor Mathison | talks
Gaylene Gould | talks


Date and Time:

21 April 2010 at 6:00 pm


3 hours



University of the Arts London
272 High Holborn
020 7514 8500

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