At a hearing held in Brussels on 23 April, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) called on the European Commission (EC) to ensure journalists benefit from collecting societies.
Pamela Morinière, Authors' Rights officer of the EFJ presented an overview of various practices of collecting societies which collect payment on behalf of journalists in Europe for the second-use of their work.
In particular, Morinière stressed that although most collecting societies representing journalists function well, not every journalist can benefit from CRM in the EU.
She pointed out, "There is a great disparity according to different practices of collecting societies across Europe and the contractual conditions between journalists and media companies."
The hearing on Collective Rights Management (CRM) was held by the Directorate-General of the Internal Market and Services of the EC.