European Communission tackles authors' remuneration in its Communication on copyright review

The European Commission just published a Communication – Towards a modern, more European copyright framework" to review the current EU acquis on authors’ rights.

The document points in particular at the need for fair remuneration of authors and performers, “who can be particularly affected by differences in bargaining power when licensing or transferring their rights”. It refers to current mechanisms which authors and performers raise in this context including the regulation of certain contractual practices, unwaivable remuneration rights, collective bargaining and collective management of rights.

The Commission says it will consider whether solutions at EU level are required to increase legal certainty, transparency and balance in the system that governs the remuneration of authors and performers in the EU, taking national competences into account.


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