E.U. Proposes European-Wide Royalty System For Online Music Sales

Law360, New York (July 7, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission has proposed a unified copyright and licensing system for online music sales across the European Union.

Under the current copyright regime, there are 25 different licensing bodies in the member states of the union.

As a result, vendors of online music – including Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes and RealNetworks Inc.'s RealPlayer -- are confronted with cumbersome effort of dealing with the royalty collector in each member state.

Royalties can amount to up to 19,000 euro per song, rendering online music sales economically unprofitable,...
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