The UK’s Sunday Times newspaper has reported on the long-running legal issue of performers’ rights and legal rulings pertaining to the capture, broadcast and sale of recordings from the World, Pipe Band Championships.
In a story titled “Pipers use Hendrix case to boost rights,” reporter Stuart MacDonald writers, “Currently, the musicians receive no payment from the sale of CDs and DVDs produced by The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), which runs the event,” and highlights the landmark UK court ruling in 2005 over the sale of recordings. The court decision ruled that all performers in a band must consent individually to terms of release.
The story reports that pipe band members could “successfully challenge the RSPBA and intend to raise the issue formally after this year’s championships at Glasgow Green in August.”
The RSPBA was alerted to the matter in 2006, but allegedly threatened the band whose member raised the matter with suspension if he continued with the allegations. pipes|drums covered the performers’ rights matter several times, including a lengthy article in 2006.
The Sunday Times reports regularly on piping and drumming matters, and most recently picked up the news of the suspension of international judges.
The Times’ performers’ rights story is the latest in a series of headaches for the RSPBA, which has been heavily criticized for its actions and perceived inactions.