Protecting artists' rights

Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt and BI Norwegian School of Management President Tom Colbjørnsen. Source:

Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt opened Kultur og Næringsdagen 2010 on March 3 at the BI Norwegian School of Management. In her introduction she said that the most important thing for government is to protect artists’ rights.

The bachelor program of Culture and Management at BI was the organizer of Kultur og Næringsdagen 2010. President Tom Colbjørnsen received the Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt before she started her introduction.

“The topic of copyright and intellectual property law affects many people, not just specialists,” said Minister Huitfeldt. In the audience were students, lecturers, lawyers and representatives from the  music and radio industry in Norway.

Minister Huitfeldt said in her speech that this is a complicated area of law, but the topic is important as more and more people come into contact with this law.

A survey from the Nordic countries except Norway show that the copyright value is closer to 5 percent of GDP. In Sweden, music sales increased after a new and more stringent copyright law came into force in 2005.

“This is a very important cultural policy and law is important for us to do something with,” said Huitfeldt. “The law should not be an obstacle to file sharing, the most important thing is to ensure artists’ rights.

The day also offered in lectures and a panel discussion about the current theme of lawyer Harald Bjelke and musician Harald Sommerstad, known from, among other things, the group Minor Majority.

Click here to see the program for Kultur og Næringsdagen 2010 (in Norwegian).

Source: BI Norwegian School of Management

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