South African Cultural Observatory

Open Source: UNESCO adopts guidelines to protect artists and diversify cultural content on the internet

BY 19.06.17

UNESCO adopted guidelines to protect artists and diversify cultural content on the internet last week (June 2017). The guidelines address the need to ensure an inclusive offer of content to the public that will not discriminate against cultural goods on the basis of provenance, language or social factors. They also reaffirm the need to respect human rights in the digital environment, notably freedom of expression, artistic freedom and gender equality.

The guidelines are the fruit of five years of research and debate with experts, governments and civil society on the challenges and potential created by the expansion of social networks and user-generated content, the proliferation of multimedia devices and the emergence of powerful web-based companies. These factors mean the digital environment requires new business models for e-commerce and streaming, for example, and reinforced policies to protect copyright.

The need to protect internet freedom while ensuring that content-producers are fairly remunerated has been gaining increased attention, particularly thanks to civil society.

On 12 June, several civil society representatives called on the international community to strengthen legislation worldwide. This happened during an event co-organized by UNESCO and the International Confederation of Societies of Artists and Composers (CISAC), which represents four million artists worldwide.

Norweigan filmmaker and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Deeyah Khan described the financial difficulties many artists face, “in no other profession would you be expected to work for free,” she said.

French composer Jean-Michel Jarre, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of CISAC further argued that “we urgently need a new business model to ensure fair pay for artists or we simply won't have the next Victor Hugo, Coldplay or Stanley Kubrick”. Reas more here.

Download the full report here

EU study on ‘Mapping Creative Value Chains in the Digital Age’ EU study on ‘Mapping Creative Value Chains in the Digital Age’

THE European Commission’s recent study, 'Mapping the Creative Value Chains - A Study On The Economy Of Culture In The Digital Age', is a follow up to KEA’s ground-breaking 2006 research on the Economy of Culture in Europe.

READ MORE
NFVF study reveals SA film industry has a positive impact on the economy NFVF study reveals SA film industry has a positive impact on the economy

THE National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has released findings of their second Economic Impact Assessment study which reveals the industry’s economic contribution to the country’s GDP over a four-year period. The study, conducted by Urban Econ in the 2016/17 financial year, identifies and quantifies the economic impact of the film and television industry between January 2013 to March 2017.

READ MORE

#SACOConf2017 presentations for download #SACOConf2017 presentations for download

IN THE spirit of ‘open source’ and collective commons, the South African Cultural Observatory is excited to share the #SACOConf2017 National Conference presentations on this platform. The conference speakers have agreed to share their insights and presentation slides ahead of the release of a special edition of selected papers from the conference.

READ MORE
Towards tackling inequalities in South Africa: the role of community libraries Towards tackling inequalities in South Africa: the role of community libraries

A paper recently published by Nampombe Mnkeni-Saurombe from the University of South Africa and Nomusa Zimu from the Human Sciences Research Council on the role of community libraries reports on the Department of Arts and Culture’s conditional grant community library project progress.

READ MORE

More News
Fidelio Trio from Ireland perform for JMS Fidelio Trio from Ireland perform for JMS

AFTER the winter break Fidelio Trio, a virtuoso ensemble from Ireland, will start the second half of the Johannesburg Musical Society’s year on Sunday 27 August at 17.00

25th Hilton Arts Festival programme released 25th Hilton Arts Festival programme released

FROM 21 August, the programme and schedule will be released on www.hiltonfestival.co.za. It is all happening next week! Make a note of these important dates and outlets to be sure you get your programme as soon as possible. If you live in KZN be sure to buy The Sunday Times this Sunday 20 August for the 32-page tabloid sized pullout. Booking opens 21 August. Hard (tree unfriendly!) copies of the programme will be at the following outlets from 21 August: PMB, HOWICK and MIDLANDS.

Iziko Gallery Women's Day Premier: The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined Iziko Gallery Women's Day Premier: The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined

THE African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined is a contemporary multimedia installation based on The African Choir’s first tour to Victorian England in 1891. The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined was first shown at Autograph ABP, London in 2016 and is a collaboration between Autograph ABP and Tshisa Boys Productions. It premieres in South Africa at the Iziko South African National Gallery on National Women’s Day and will feature guest presentations by the creators of the exhibition

Market Theatre Laboratory: 2018 applications open Market Theatre Laboratory: 2018 applications open

APPLICATIONS for the Market Lab’s flagship programme, a two-year full-time course in Theatre and Performance, have been opened from 1 August until 30 September. The Market Theatre Laboratory offers a unique curriculum that trains professionals in the performing arts field, providing an incubation space for young artists to find their voice and develop their craft.

Rwanda: Government to Invest More in Creative Industry Rwanda: Government to Invest More in Creative Industry

THE Rwandan Government wants to reap more from its creative and cultural industries and this week (Jul 2017) indicated that it plans to inject more funds into the industry. This according to Minister for Trade, Industry, and East African Affairs, Francois Kanimba, who addressed members of the creative and cultural arts industry drawn from different countries around the world in a workshop organised by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Kigali.

Connect with us