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What are related or neighbouring rights?

A field of rights related to copyright has rapidly developed over the last 50 years. These related/ neighbouring rights grew up around copyrighted works, and provide similar, although often more limited and of shorter duration of 25 years. Neighbouring rights are categorised into performer’s right, recording rights and broadcasting rights.

  • Performers Rights are designed to protect performers (such as actors and musicians) in their performances against unauthorised recording or live transmission of their live performances and to guarantee them adequate control over and remuneration for the exploitation of recordings of their performances.
  • Recording rights are designed to protect producer of sounds recordings (for example, cassettes, recordings and compact discs) in their recordings.
  • Broadcasting organizations in their radio and television programs.