SGA’s public comment on collective rights management rules review

The four points on which SGA lends its full support to the PROs are: (1) the need to shift performance royalty rate-setting from rate court judges to private arbitrators; (2) the imperative for recognition of an evidentiary presumption that direct, arms-length licenses (the terms of which are fully disclosed) voluntarily negotiated by copyright holders who…

Proposal for regulation on the exercise of copyright and related rights for online transmissions of broadcasting in EU – rights issue

Through the principle of contractual freedom it will be possible to continue limiting the exploitation of the rights affected by the principle of country of origin laid down in this Regulation, especially as far as certain technical means of transmission or certain language versions are concerned, provided that any such limitations of the exploitation of…

CISAC’s public comment on collective management rules review

The network of reciprocal representation agreements developed by CISAC and signed by its members ensures that author’s rights are protected and administered around the world and that each CMO is in a position to offer licensing solutions that cover broad repertoire. This system also ensures that royalties flow to authors wherever they are in the…

Russian ministry of culture proposed to “impose” private copying levy on smart watch

Russian ministry of culture (MinCult) intends to amend relevant governmental decree in order to collect private copying levy from smart watch. Amendments are already agreed in order to be proposed to government. At the same time it is also proposed to exclude digital video cameras from taxable equipment.

Public comment by National Music Publishers Association on collective rights management rules review

NMPA believes the consent decrees have become a significant impediment to a well-functioning market for licencing the performances of musical works, resulting in inefficient licencing and failing to provide fair market-based compensation for songwriters and music publishers.

olé Media Management’s public comment on collective rights management rules review

Collective licensing is only viable where fair value is given for value received. olé believes that the Consent Decrees have become serious impediments to the attainment of fair compensation for music creators, particularly in relation to new media services. While new technologies have transformed the way people listen to music, the Consent Decrees have kept…

Russian business outlined all its complaints in one “book”

In Russia it was established institute of ombudsman presenting and protecting interests of Russian business. For certain industry of business there is special representative of ombudsman, who summarizes all complaints stated by business and puts them on paper. Each year ombudsman makes report to Russian president and proposes the ways to resolve problems outlined in…

Proposal for regulation on the exercise of copyright and related rights for online transmissions of broadcasting in EU – what it’s all about

The ancillary online services covered by this Regulation are those services offered by broadcasting organisations which have a clear and subordinate relationship to the broadcast. They include services giving access to television and radio programmes in a linear manner simultaneously to the broadcast and services giving access, within a defined time period after the broadcast,…

Public comment on collective rights management rules review by the Council of Music Creators

The Consent Decrees of ASCAP and BMI were originally devised to prevent either of the PROs from exercising too much market power over music users and raising prices beyond a level which they might achieve in an open market. For nearly 60 years they achieved this purpose, providing users with an efficient way to license…