EU Proposes Rules To Simplify Cross-Border Music Licensing

Law360, New York (July 11, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT) -- The European Union on Wednesday proposed new legislation aimed at harmonizing the way royalties are collected throughout Europe and making it easier to license music, but artists said the proposed rules play into the hands of an “archaic and opaque” system that benefits collecting societies.

The European Commission said the proposed directive sought to set up standards that would allow the more than 250 collecting societies in the EU to work more efficiently and transparently to collect and distribute royalties on behalf of artists and copyright...
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