The Inquirer reports that the European Commission is contemplating reforming the copyright system in Member States. Too much red tape is said to be faced in order to secure the right to make music downloads available in Europe since companies who want to make music available have to negotiate rights in 25 different countries. It appears that a single licensing agency of some sort for all 25 EU Members is being contemplated.

The IPKat did a quick search on the EU website but couldn’t find the proposal. If anyone has an details, he’d be very happy to hear from them.
EU TO ENGAGE IN COPYRIGHT REFORM? EU TO ENGAGE IN COPYRIGHT REFORM? Reviewed by Unknown on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 Rating: 5

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  1. Music copyright: Commission proposes reform on Internet licensing

    The European Commission has published an in-depth study on how copyright for musical works is licensed for use on the Internet. It concludes that present structures for cross border collective management of legitimate online music services -- that are based on models developed for the analogue environment -- need to be improved for music to fulfil its unique potential as a driver for Internet-based services. Action is now required at EU level because revenue achieved with online content services in the US is ten times bigger than online content revenue produced in the EU. As music pervades European culture and society, only music has the real potential to kick-start online content services. The Commission proposes options to remedy this situation as only music has the real potential to kick-start online content services in Europe in line with the Lisbon agenda.

    Report can be downloaded from:

    EU Report


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