NEXT MEETING

11 January 2018

SHOULD THE CAB/SAT DIRECTIVE APPLY TO BROADCASTERS' ONLINE SERVICES?

Speakers:
Heijo Ruijsenaars, Head of Intellectual Property, European Broadcasting Union
Katharina Hiersemenzel, Copyright Policy Counsel, Motion Picture Association (Brussels)

Chair: Tom Rivers, Vice-President BLACA

Time: 6:15 for 6:30

Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DH, Directions (.pdf).

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MOST RECENT MEETING

7 December 2017

Schönberg v Mann: The ‘Doktor Faustus’ copyright quarrel - Much ado about nothing?

Speakers: Brigitte Lindner, Rechtsanwältin (Berlin)/Registered European Lawyer (BSB), Serle Court, London

The composer Arnold Schönberg and the novelist Thomas Mann quarrelled famously over Schönberg’s alleged intellectual property in his “method to compose with twelve tones” which Mann allowed his fictional composer Adrian Leverkühn to use in a similar fashion in his novel Doktor Faustus. At the heart of the controversy, which culminated in a public exchange of letters by Arnold Schönberg and Thomas Mann in the Saturday Review of Literature in 1949, is the question whether Schönberg could claim copyright in any aspect of the “method to compose with twelve tones”, and hence protection of his moral and material interests as its author, and whether Thomas Mann’s artistic freedom may have created a natural boundary to such claim.

These questions which reside at the interface of copyright and human rights law are fundamental to both authors and the creative process. They require a delicate balancing of the author’s interest in protecting his personal relationship with his creation and the artistic freedom of a fellow author who seeks inspiration in the first author’s work. In view of the countless possibilities and the ease with which literary, musical and artistic works can be used in the electronic environment, in particular by “repackaging” or associating them with other content, these issues are as crucial today as they were in the last century.