| Commentary

285 Performers’ consents generally

| Commentary

285 Performers’ consents generally

Where a film or television programmes or sound recording or multimedia product incorporates recordings of performances, certain consents will need to be obtained from various categories of performers. Performers’ rights exist in relation to musical performances, dramatic performances, readings or recitations of literary works, and performances of variety acts. The rights will exist if the performance is given by a qualifying individual, or the performance took place in a qualifying country1.

The clearance of performing rights is frequently difficult, especially when the recordings have been made some time ago. There are a number of problems. First, the

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