(21.02.14) On 20th of February the Council of the European Union adopted a Directive on “collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market”.
The objective is twofold. On the one hand the directive aims to make collecting societies more transparent and effective and thus improve authors’ rights’ management. On the other hand it should facilitate cross-border licensing of authors’ rights in online music.
The EFJ supports and welcomes the application of the Directive, but regrets that trade unions are not strictly excluded from the scope of the instrument.
EU Member states must transpose the Directive into their national laws by 10 April 2016 at the latest.
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