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Read up on what the European copyright directive says about music rights before Music 4.5 puts the spotlight on the politics of licensing

By | Published on Friday 23 September 2016

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Next Tuesday, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will once again provide a concise ‘story so far’ presentation to inform the debates at the next edition of Music 4.5, which is exploring ‘The Politics Of Licensing’.

Ahead of that, we have just made this week’s CMU Trends article – ‘Music rights and the European Copyright Directive’ – a free read. It looks at the recent draft copyright directive published by the European Commission, and the lines of relevance to the music industry, both rights owners and performers.

Writes Cooke in the article: “When the European Commission announced that its Digital Single Market initiative would include a review of copyright laws, the music community saw this as a great opportunity to put on the agenda certain issues it has faced as music consumption has continued to shift online, and more recently from downloads to streams. As did other copyright owners like the newspaper and magazine publishers, and users of copyright, including tech firms and consumer rights groups”.

“After more than a year of being lobbied by all those interested parties, last week the EC published a draft new copyright directive which sets out in black and white which areas of copyright the Commission seeks to revise, and what changes it is proposing be considered. Although only step one in the legislative process, it provided a useful summary of what issues European lawmakers have chosen to tackle, and how they might go about tackling them”.

You can read the full trends article, which reviews the key talking points around European music rights in the last year – principally safe harbours and performer rights – and what the draft copyright directive says about both, right about here.

At Music 4.5 next week, Sophie Goossens of August Debouzy will provide an overview of copyright debates and developments in Europe, while Simon Jordan of Russells will consider the review of safe harbours going on in the US. Meanwhile subsequent presentations and discussions will consider other music copyright matters, including multi-territory licensing, neighbouring rights and how different kinds of services are licensed.

Info on and tickets for Music 4.5 are available here.