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The European Commission’s proposal for a 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

In a display of synchronicity, both the UK government and the European Commission are proposing legislation on the governance of collecting societies. The UK proposals go no further than legislation to allow the introduction, through Regulations, of a backstop power to apply a code of conduct setting out certain minimum standards that a collecting society must meet. In contrast, the Commission’s proposal goes much further, laying down, in addition to minimum standards, an array of requirements in relation to multi-territorial licensing by collecting societies of rights in musical works for online use.

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