Tuesday

22nd Oct 2019

Focus

Commission pledges collective rights directive ‘within weeks’

  • MEPs want new laws on collective copyright that would transform the system of royalty payments (Photo: realSMILEY)

The European Commission will publish a draft proposal of collective rights management within weeks, said Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier.

Barnier told the European Parliament's legal affairs committee on Monday (13 February) that the Commission had concluded a public consultation on the legislation.

Read and decide

Join EUobserver today

Support quality EU news

Get instant access to all articles — and 18 year's of archives. 30 days free trial.

... or join as a group

Commission officials are currently finalising details to two components of the legislation: harmonising transparency and governance rules for copyright societies; and developing new rules for the licensing of online music that would allow multi-territory online music licensing.

“We want to provide a clear legal framework, ladies and gentlemen, to facilitate the granting of multi-territory online music licensing”, he said, before assuring MEPs that he expected to be able to present the final text “within a few weeks”.

Opening the debate, French centre-right MEP Marielle Gallo stressed the urgency of having new legislation with the collective copyright sector in the EU worth €4.6bn for nearly 100 management companies out of a global industry valued at €7.5bn.

Gallo, who is in charge of the related dossier on Orphan Works, stressed the need for a transparent legal framework, ensuring choice for consumers alongside equal distribution of royalties to rights holders. Other MEPs called for the proposal to allow full interoperability, with online and mobile phone users able to access the same licenses.

The debate was triggered by an oral question to the Commission by the Legal Affairs Committee, which demanded a date for the submission of a collective rights directive and detail on its scope.

MEPs feel that the Commission has dragged its feet on the issue, having promised to come forward with a directive on collective rights for over a year.

In its 2011 Intellectual Property Rights Strategy, the Commission promised to submit proposals before the end of last year.

Most recently it announced that a ‘fast-track future proposal’ was to be made in the first quarter of 2012, with agreement by parliament and member states aimed for end of this year.

New cloud strategy to reform EU online market

Digital agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes has promised to present a European cloud strategy this summer, as part of a plan to reform the online market in the EU.

EU court rules social networks cannot police downloads

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck the latest blow in the debate over internet policing, ruling on Thursday that online social network sites cannot be forced to construct measures to prevent users from downloading songs illegally.

Opinion

The Internet renaissance of the EU court

Two new cases on Acta sent to the EU court in Luxembourg could revive its role as an engine of European integration, writes Lassi Jyrkkio.

Let people download music by text message, says EP report

MEPs to focus on providing legal certainty in the online environment in Europe. The EU should allow people to pay for downloaded music by text message, according to a European Parliament report on the audiovisual sector.

Authors urge EU to protect rights against pirates

Film directors and screenwriters should be guaranteed minimum intellectual property rights by EU law, according to a group of leading trade organisations representing authors.

News in Brief

  1. MEPs criticise Juncker over climate and tax policies
  2. Juncker defends commission record on Greek crisis
  3. Croatian MEP criticises EU parliament for trusting Šuica
  4. Brexit is waste of time and energy, says Juncker
  5. Abortion and same-sex marriage become legal in Northern Ireland
  6. Germany wants internationally controlled zone in Syria
  7. EU parliament refuses to debate Catalonia
  8. Four businessmen charged in Slovak journalist murder

Agenda

Crunch Brexit vote in UK This WEEK

The future of Brexit continues to hang in the balance this week, with a crunch vote in Westminster on Saturday.

EU parliament quietly hoards visitors' wi-fi data

The European Parliament is retaining the data of everyone who uses their wi-fi network, including journalists and visitors, and providing access to national authorities in case of investigations.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. UNESDAUNESDA welcomes Nicholas Hodac as new Director General
  2. Nordic Council of MinistersBrussels welcomes Nordic culture
  3. UNESDAUNESDA appoints Nicholas Hodac as Director General
  4. UNESDASoft drinks industry co-signs Circular Plastics Alliance Declaration
  5. FEANIEngineers Europe Advisory Group: Building the engineers of the future
  6. Nordic Council of MinistersNew programme studies infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance
  7. UNESDAUNESDA reduces added sugars 11.9% between 2015-2017
  8. International Partnership for Human RightsEU-Uzbekistan Human Rights Dialogue: EU to raise key fundamental rights issues
  9. Nordic Council of MinistersNo evidence that social media are harmful to young people
  10. Nordic Council of MinistersCanada to host the joint Nordic cultural initiative 2021
  11. Vote for the EU Sutainable Energy AwardsCast your vote for your favourite EUSEW Award finalist. You choose the winner of 2019 Citizen’s Award.
  12. Nordic Council of MinistersEducation gets refugees into work

Latest News

  1. MPs vote on Johnson's latest push for Brexit deal
  2. Macron breaks Balkans promise in quest for EU dominance
  3. Snap elections in North Macedonia after EU rejection
  4. UK opposition MPs attack new Brexit deal
  5. Deep divisions on display over post-Brexit EU budget
  6. Juncker: 'Historic mistake' against Balkan EU hopefuls
  7. EU leaders spent just 12 minutes on climate
  8. Crunch Brexit vote in UK This WEEK

Join EUobserver

Support quality EU news

Join us