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Mr. Barnier issues "blueprint" for Intellectual Property Rights

Created: 2011-05-26 13:39:43

As part of the EU Single Market Act, the Commissioner Barnier (Single Market and Services) unveiled on May 24th a wide-ranging strategy to modernize intellectual property rights (IPR) in the Single Market. Among the first deliverables of this strategy are proposals for an easier licensing system for so-called "orphan works", a new regulation to reinforce customs actions in fighting trade of IPR infringing goods, and a new proposal to reinforce the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy.

Here is a brief summary of the points which relate to songwriters, composers and authors: - the EC plans to submit proposals for the collective management of copyright to enable multi-territorial and pan-European licensing (September 2011) - the proposals should allow for the creation of European "rights brokers" able to license and manage the world's musical repertoire on a multi-territorial level while also ensuring the development of Europe's cultural diversity. - Appointment of a high-level mediator to harmonise the methodology used to impose private copying levies; improve the administration of levies - It suggests that the EC could create a ‘European Copyright Code’ designed to harmonise and consolidate the entitlements provided by copyright and related rights at EU level - Calls and support for the creation of a publicly-accessible database detailing all rights information

The blueprint for Intellectual Property Rights can be found here.