Fabian Demicoli

Collective rights management and multi-territorial licensing rights in musical works for online uses

 On the 11 July 2012 the Commission put
forward a proposal for a directive on collective rights management and
multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses. 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 improved and simpler cross-border licensing.

The specific objectives of the proposal
are to:

improve the way all collecting societies are managed by
establishing common governance, transparency and financial management

set minimum standards for the multi-territorial
licensing by authors' collecting societies of rights in musical works for the
provision of online services; and

to create conditions that can expand the legal offer of
online music


In order that Malta may effectively
contribute to discussions on this proposal at the EU Council it is essential
that the views of all national stakeholders in this area are taken on board.
You are therefore kindly requested to review this Directive and provide GRTU
with feedback.

NB.  The full impact assessment is
available on the EU website at


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