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#ComposersAgainstBuyouts

Take Action Against Buyouts

Media composers should get a fair share of the value they create.

35%* media composers have taken buyouts or work for hire deals
41%* had to give away more of their mechanical rights than they wanted to
64%* report the commissioning environment is coercive

* Source: Ivors Academy Commissioning Survey, 2019

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DavidGArnold

Holding on to the rights,or some of them, is the only way many composers earn any money at all from their work . They have value which is why productions want to keep them for themselves .Buyouts tend not to work for creators . (Sorry for looking like a Dracula )

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Game Sound Design Buy-Out contracts are some of the worst I have seen to date. Currently saying no to all game contracts that exclude royalties.

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“We believe that music has immense value and we must make sure that composers' rights are protected and they get a fair compensation for their work". Nicky Graham, Chair of the Fund.

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Particularly relevant to my younger and emergent composer colleagues - you don't need to sell your rights. 'Work for Hire' is not a thing in the UK - resist it. Educate and empower ourselves #ComposersAgainstBuyouts

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I know as composers early on in our careers, it is SO tempting and hard to resist handing over your rights for an upfront payment, but in the long run it actually hurts us and the industry as a whole

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Buyouts vs Royalties: why media composers are taking action #ComposersAgainstBuyouts

Watch the video looking at buyouts, royalties, and protecting your future. 

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