CultureTalkClub Session 1: Curious Copyright Stories: Tracking Mbube's The Lion Sleeps Tonight Multi-Millions To Would Pretty Woman Be Parody In UK?
Monday, 27 July 2015 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)
Although conceived at the launch of the Black Music Congress in 2003, this is the first official CultureTalkClub (CTC) event. CTC aims to provide a non-academic forum for discussing issues around Copyright, Culture and Legal, and the inter-section with commerce/business and sociology/society. It's led by Kwaku, who holds MAs in Media and Music Business Management, and an LLM in Entertainment Law. It's aimed at a wide constituency, including music fans, students, musicians, songwriters, academics, legal eagles, sociologists, culturalists, and music industry and IP/copyright practitioners. We expect to have experts on some sessions.
We kick off the first official CTC event with the exclusive screening of award-winning filmmaker François Verster's 'A Lion's Trail', which reveals how Zulu musician Solomon Linda hardly received any money for his song 'Mbube', which went on to become a pop classic, which topped the charts, got hundreds of covers, and features in Disney's 'The Lion King' film and stage musical. It naturally generated millions of dollars for Western companies and writers. A post-screening discussion will be around the moral aspects, music industry practice, contracts, and the "game" of copyright.
The session will end with a short clip on the 2 Live Crew's version of the Roy Orbison song that became 'Pretty Woman', which a US Supreme Court ruling declared a parody under US Copyright Act's fair use doctrine. The question is, will the same apply in the UK, now that parody has been added to our copyright list of exceptions?
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CultureTalkClub in association with BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress
CTC aims to provide a non-academic forum for discussing issues around Copyright, Culture and Legal, and the inter-section with commerce/business and sociology/society.