Commission of the European Communities (2005b)
|Commission of the European Communities (2005)|
|Title:||Study on a Community Initiative on the Cross-border Collective Management of Copyright|
|Author(s):||Commission of the European Communities|
|Citation:||Study on a Community Initiative on the Cross-border Collective Management of Copyright, Commission of the European Communities (2005), available at http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/copyright/docs/management/study-collectivemgmt_en.pdf.|
|Link(s):||Definitive , Open Access|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||Revenue data and licensing terms from 30 EU collecting societies.|
|Data Type:||Secondary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||Yes|
|Government or policy study?:||Yes|
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This Study concludes that present structures for cross-border collective management of legitimate online music services -- that are based on models developed for the analogue environment need to be improved for music to fulfil its unique potential as a driver for online services. Action is now required at EU level because revenue achieved with online content services in the US in 2004 was almost eight times higher than online content revenue produced in Western Europe. As music pervades European culture and society, only music has the real potential to kick-start online content services. This Study examines the present structures for cross-border collective management of copyright for the provision of online music services. It concludes that the absence of EU-wide copyright licences for online content services makes it difficult for these music services to take off. Improving cross-border licensing for music services requires the creation of entirely new structures for cross-border collective management of copyright. In order to improve cross-border management of copyright, this Study considers three options: (1) Do nothing (Option 1); (2) Suggest ways in which cross-border cooperation between national collecting societies in the 25 Member States can be improved (Option 2); or (3) Give right-holders the choice to authorise a collecting society of their choice to manage their works across the entire EU (Option 3).
Main Results of the Study
The Study concludes that Option 3 offers the most effective model for cross-border management. With respect to cross-border licensing, allowing right-holders to choose a collecting society outside their national territories for the EU-wide licensing of the use made of his works, creates a competitive environment for cross-border management of copyright and considerably enhances right-holders’ earning potential. With respect to cross-border distribution of royalties, the right-holders freedom to choose any collecting society in the EU, will be a powerful incentive for these societies to provide optimal services to all its rightholders, irrespective of their location – thereby enhancing cross-border royalty payments. The Study therefore proposes a series of principles that Member States would have to adhere to in order not to stifle the emergence of Option 3 as a competitive model for the cross-border management of copyright works.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
The study recommends that right-holders are given the choice to authorise a collecting society of their choice to manage their works across the entire EU.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||Collecting societies|
|Period of material under study:||1998-2004|