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09/11/2018 - 25/11/2018

Melissa E. Logan is focusing on copyright during her residency with Q-O2. The work will open into the symposium From Split Sheets to the Streets – on intellectual property and copy right – Melissa E. Logan & UniCAT taking place at AB Salon on November 24th. Logans interest in copyright grew from a hoarding of her and collaborators creative output. This hoarding has been going on for the past six years and before that she was suffering from a feeling of worthlessness in regards to her musical output. This feeling of worthlessness came about from the distribution process and the non transparency of the business side of the music world. Through conversations she found the different relationships artists have with distribution, sharing, iTunes/Spotify. Some artists said “hay, at least iTunes works, it functions” (Malakoff Kovalski). Or others who release short versions of songs onto Spotify, the real versions are sold on Vinyl to DJs or as digital download from sites which actually pay the artists (DJ Aroma & her ambient /house label). Still Logan could not release the music: there was not a satisfactory label structure, we need the label now mostly for marketing and as a production/management organization, or what do we need it for?

Logan took a music business strategy course at Berklee Collage of Music and found most of the course to be on the worlds of copyright, that many of the laws are outdated and based on technology which are irrelevant to digitization. As articles 11&13 were cleared for passage by the EU Parliamentary vote, to go from a directive to become integrated into each European country to be made law, the symposium has gained in urgency as a chance to understand our copyright, the laws about our creative output, our rights and our payment, shares.

In collaboration with:

Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

Q-O2 is supported by the Flemish Community, VGC and the European Union
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