Christian Engström, Pirat

The Commission has presented a proposal for an EU-wide directive on Collective Rights Management.

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 COM(2012) 372/2 is the full name of it, but it appears that everybody will be calling it the CRM Directive (for Collective Rights Management). (cashed)

In this directive, the Commission wants to do two things. First, to establish minimum rules on transparency, accounting standards, and supervisory functions within all collecting societies operating in Europe. Second, to set up rules to promote multi-territorial licensing of musical works, so that it becomes easier for companies like Spotify to establish themselves on a pan-European basis.

Both objectives are sensible and urgent, so this is a “positive” dossier, where there is a chance to make improvements over the status quo.

I have read through…

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