Collective Management of Copyright and Multi-territorial Licensing of rights in online music works

12 December 2012

The Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) and the Commerce Department (CD), Ministry for Fair Competition, Small Business and Consumers (MFCC) organised a consultation session on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council 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].

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 right-holders 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 right-holders (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 improved and simpler cross-border licensing.

This consultation session was held on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at the MEUSAC offices in Valletta.

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