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TheresaTovaWhyisitimportantforcollectivemanagementorganizationsandunionstoworktogetherBradKeenanIfyougetdowntothestrictcommonalityofunionsandcollectingsocietiesunionsarelookingtoestablishminimumfeesforyourworkensureasafeworkenvironmenti.e.onsetandlookafteryourinsuranceandretirementcoverageandretirement.CollectivemanagementorganizationsCMOsprotectandprovideremunerationforuseofyourworkasacreatorduringtheexploitationofthework.ThestrongerthetradeuniontheeasieritisfortheCMOtocollectthemoney.WorkingtogethermorecloselydomesticallyandaroundtheworldcanonlyservetostrengthenunionsandCMOs.JosMariaMontesWeveseenrecentsuccessesofhowwetogetherhaveimprovedthelivesofperformersaroundtheworld.TheyearsofworktowardsthesuccessfulconclusionoftheWorldIntellectualPropertyOrganizationWIPOaudiovisualperformancestreatyalsoknownasTheBeijingTreatyhascausedustobeaforcetobereckonedwith.WearenowrecognizedbyWIPOaswellasbythepeoplethatwenormallysitacrossthetablefromwhenwenegotiate.TradeunionsandCMOsaretwosidesofthesamecoin.OurunitymatterstoourmembersbeitlabourconditionsfromthetradeunionperspectiveorcopyrightandrelatedrightsprovidedbyCMOs.TheresaTovaWheredoesaunionstopincollectingresidualrightsandthecollectivemanagementorganizationcomeinBradKeenanWelltherearedifferentmodelsaroundtheworld.InCanadaourcollectivebargainingagreementsgiveACTRAPRStheauthoritytobetheenforcementarmtomakesureourmembersgetpaidUseFees.TheACTRARACSmusicsideiscompletelydifferentbecauseCanadascopyrightlegislationhasstatutoryrightsbuiltintoit.JosMariaMontesInSpainmostperformersrightsthatareprovidedunderintellectualpropertylegislationaresubjecttocompulsorycollectivemanagement.Itmeansthattheactoreventhoughhehastheserightsgrantedinthelawcannotexercisethemonhisown.ThusbyvirtueofitsauthorizationbytheSpanishGovernmentAISGEisobligedtocollectremunerationonbehalfofeveryperformerwhoiscoveredbyourlawregardlessofhisnationalityorwhetherheisamemberofAISGE.ThisofcourseincludesmostCanadianperformerssothisiswhywemakepaymentstoACTRA.AbelMartinVillarejoInSpainAISGEistheCMOforintellectualpropertyrightsofperformerslegallyauthorizedtocollectthecorrespondingexploitationrightsofperformers.IntellectualpropertylawinSpainrequiresusersoftheseaudiovisualrecordingstopaycertainamountstoremunerateperformersforuseoftheirwork.BradKeenanUnionsnegotiatecollectiveagreementswithproducers.CMOsmanagerightsandcollectanddistributeremunera-tiontoperformersforuseoftheirwork.TheresaTovaYougivemehope...AndyetIknowhowmuchtroublewevehadinthepastenforcingthecollectionofourownresiduals.Wecreditourrecentsuccesstoourforensicaccountingabilitiesandourabilitytoaggressivelygoaeroutstandingtitles.IsthisgoingtogeteasierBradKeenanOurstrengthandresolveatACTRAPRSisbuiltuponourstrongcollectiveagreements.IfabargainingagreementisweakinrespecttohowperformersaretobepaidandhowproducersarerequiredtomakethosepaymentsitaffectshowPRScangoandgetthemoneyfromproducers.ACTRAstopprioritiesincludebargainingstrongcollectiveagreementsandlobbyingtheCanadiangovernmentforstrongcopyrightlegislationfavorabletobothaudioandaudiovisualartists.Weputatremendousamountofeffortintobothinitiatives.Youhavetostartdomestically.Butthenyoucantjuststayinsideyourboxyourbubblebecauseotherimplicationshaveimpactfromanintellectualpropertyperspective.Countriesthathaveweakbar-gainingagreementsornoneatallstarttodiminishthoserights.ItnotonlyaffectstheabilityoftheCMOintheircoun-tryitaffectsusall.JosMariaMontesACTRAPRSandACTRAinCanadaandBritishEquityCollectingSocietyBECSandEquityintheUKaregreatexamplesofhowaunionandacollectingsocietyorganizationworkingtogethercanachievethebestresults.TheresaTovaSowhatImhearingfromyouisthatwitheverybodystartingtoworktogetherwearegoingtobestrongerandcollectmorethanweveeverdone.BradKeenanItisthejourneytotheBeijingTreatythatbroughtushere.ItwasinGenevaattheWIPOcopyrightmeetingswherewestartedtotalkaboutalltheissues.WhatisgoingonintheUSinAsiaaroundtheworldHowcouldweimprovethingsandfindwaystocollaboratemoreeffectivelyWhataboutinternationaldatabasesWerealizedthateverythingwasveryfragmentedeventhoughwehadallthesepositiveTradeunionsandcollectingsocietiesaretwosidesofthesamecoin.Ourunitymatterstoourmembers.JosMaraMontes