On-line music service providers will get licenses more easily and musicians will receive royalties more quickly, enabling consumers to enjoy a wider range of music on-line, under rules approved on Tuesday by the Legal Affairs Committee.
The proposal backed by legal affairs MEPs aims to make it easier for service providers to obtain licenses for on-line music services. It also seeks to improve protection of authors’ rights by making sure that royalties are collected more efficiently from service providers and distributed to artists more fairly and more quickly.
This should encourage the creation of new EU-wide on-line music services and help boost sales. In future, instead of having to deal with authors´ collective management organisations in each EU member states, service providers could obtain licenses from a small number of such organisations operating across EU borders.
MEPs passed an amendment to ensure that smaller and less popular repertoires also have access to the market by requiring these collecting organisations to issue licenses under the same conditions for all repertoires.
MEPs amended the Commission proposal to ensure that rightholders receive their royalties more quickly, by cutting the deadline for paying them from 12 to three months from the end of the financial year in which the right revenue was collected.
Another amendment by MEPs gives authors and artists better control over the management of their rights. The rules will ensure that artists will have the freedom to choose the collecting society and that they can participate more easily in the decision-making process.