[IP-Watch] EU Parliament Passes Directive On Collective Rights Management, Pan-EU Licences

With 640 of 680 votes, the European Parliament today passed a new 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.” Rarely before has the usually controversial subject of copyright rallied such broad agreement in Parliament. [...]

Applauded by many members of the Parliament was that collective management organisations have to open up for alternative licences, like Creative Commons. Especially for young artists, using non-commercial licences might be beneficial, Austrian S&D MEP Josef Weidenholzer said during the debate. [...]

The new consultation shall feed into a white paper to be tabled by his directorate next June, said Michel Barnier, Commissioner for the Internal Market. The next step, he said, would be a review of the 2001 Copyright Directive. That will bring much more discussion over the adaption of copyright to the information society.