AIM launch manifesto for copyright in the digital age

June 2008


AIM have published Copyright In the Digital Age, their manifesto for a copyright infrastructure “fit for purpose” in the 21st Century.

Within it, AIM sets out the case that:

  • Digital is fundamentally a format shift which has changed everything in the value chain for recorded music – creation, production, distribution and consumption.
  • Government should take account of this, to support the growth of a world class creative industry through copyright law which is fit for purpose in the always technologically evolving digital age
  • New monetisation methods are needed for new usages and new consumer models of consumption.
  • It makes sense to recognise the benefits to commercial providers whose businesses depend greatly on facilitating consumers access to, and ability to copy and share, copyright music. At present these businesses and consumers enjoy their respective benefits while copyright owners cannot claim a fair share of this value chain.

AIM’s original 2006 Copyright in the Digital Age paper built on the view that the value chain from the creators and investors in music through to ISPs to the consumer is currently dysfunctional, and proposed a range of solutions.  This was the basis for the 2006 all-industry Round Table (facilitated by the Smith Institute) discussion on monetising the digital distribution of music, since when the industry has been working together on developing a solution. AIM’s participation in this process has resulted in the new paper, a refined version of the original, which outlines AIM’s proposals on making the digital music value chain functional in a market which has completely changed the producer/consumer relationship.

The paper can be downloaded at

And a summary of Music Tank’s “Meet The Millennials” on the state of the music industry written by Terry McBride, boss of label and management group Nettwerk and former Nettwerk GM Brent Muhle can be found The Executive Summary is free.

And as said above, ASCAP’S “Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers” can be found at

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