Benjamin O’Hara Share His Presentation “What if the System We Imagined Was Better than the System We Created?” in The First Music Industry Forum 2014
来源：School of Music and Recording
On Nov. 6th 2014, The First Music Industry Forum 2014 was held successfully. In the meeting hall of Communication University of China’s new International Communication Center, Professor Benjamin O’Hara from Australia gave an impressive speech titled “What if the system we imagined was better than the system we created?” sharing his opinions on the future of music copyright.
Professor O’Hara is the head of music business in Box Hill Institute in Melbourne. He is a music commercial project supervisor with abundant experience in music publication, music authorization, and music performance. He also has 15 years of stage performance experience and owns a performance brokerage company. He has published books about music industry such asCopyright Royalty and Publication, Music Events and Music Festival Management, Set-up of small-scale company of music, entertainment or art, and other academic papers, enjoying high reputation in the music academic world.His speech consists of 3 sections, introduced by 3 common myths about music copyright, explaining questions that many have, concerning the usage of copyright symbol, music sampling standards, definition of commercial usage of music. Professor O’Hara analyzed the myths with his experience in the industry, and gave an introduction to the Australian standards of music copyright system, which are instructive to the reform of music copyright system in China. At the end of the speech, professor O’Hara gave answers to the title question, pointing out that present system is capable of meeting the needs of running the music industry, on condition that he who uses the music gives up displacing the original concept of copyright and observe the present regulation. Only then can copyright, as the foundation of music industry, protect the legitimate rights of music authors and make music industry prosper. During the Q&A session, the scholar from the US exchanged ideas with professor O’Hara about differences of music copyright system in their own countries.
Professor O’Hara expounded his reflections on the future of music copyright system, and shared trial and error he has been through over the years in music industry, which greatly inspired the attendees. We believe that cross-border academic communication like this would improve the building of the subject of musicology, bringing in more global perspective.