European Commission proposes directive on collective management

Today, 250 collecting societies manage the rights of creators in the EU. 83% of revenues collected go to the music sector.

The European Commissions' proposed Directive on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses in the internal market will apply across the whole creative industry, ie music, audiovisual and publishing.

he proposal follows a two-fold objective:

- greater transparency and improved governance of collecting societies through strengthened reporting obligations and rightholders' control over their activities

- encourage and facilitate multi-territorial and multi-repertoire licensing of authors' rights in musical works for online uses in the EU/EEA.

The text will now be discussed in the European Parliament and the European Council.

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