Extracts from the press conference by Michel Barnier on legislation on collective rights management
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 11/07/2012 First transmission: 11/07/2012
On 11 July 2012, Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, presented during a press conference the proposal for a 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.
The objective of the proposal is to put in place a better legal framework for the collective management of rights that are administered by collecting societies on behalf of rightholders such as authors, performers, producers etc. It will provide for rules to improve the standards of governance, transparency and financial management of all collecting societies, thus improving the management of revenues collected on behalf of the rightholders (creators) as well as enhancing the co-operation between collecting societies across the EU. It will also set minimum standards, adapted to the digital world, for collecting societies' multi-territorial licensing of authors' rights in musical works used for the provision of online services, which allows for superior and simpler cross-border licensing.
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||Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services
||Soundbite by Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services (in FRENCH) saying that first of all horizontally for all these management companies, transparency and better governance, harmonized rules in all the sectors covered by these companies: music, audiovisual and print word and publishing; So these companies play a key role which should be modernised.
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||Soundbite by Michel Barnier (in FRENCH) saying that 250 Europeans collecting companies are covered by proposals; this is to improve their operations, create greater transparency and greater confidence in how they operate; three examples of new requirements -if the Parliament and the Council of Ministers agree- this will be required; first, they will have an annual report with key figures; two, they will have to ensure increased participation of the rightholders in their internal making procedure; three, the rightholders will benefit from guaranteed right to choose which ever collecting companies they which to use for better management of the income of the rightholders and quicker remuneration.
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||Soundbite by Michel Barnier (in FRENCH) saying that the second major chapter is the specific rules to facilitate the offer or the supply of music online, the way they grant multi territorial licence for selling music online.
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