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Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee - The Management of Copyright and Related Rights in the Internal Market (Text with EEA relevance)

This Communication outlines the management of copyright and related rights in the EU Internal Market, offering firstly a background of rights management and a categorisation of categories and methods and an analysis of the present legal framework of copyright, including seven Directives and a proposal, and their bearing on rights management. Secondly it analyses individual rights management, or the management of copyright owned by an individual vis-a-vis the collective. More specifically, it analyses questions of rights ownership, statutory conditions for the transfer of rights, as well as content and interpretations of contracts. Thirdly, the Communication turns to collective copyright management, outlining its function and development, as well as the legal framework in the acquis communautaire and national law. Furthermore, the questions of consultations on collective management in the Internal Market, collective management and competitions are addressed. The Communication also discusses those issues requiring legislation, and analyses the relation of collecting societies to users and rights holders, and the extent to which they are subject to external control.

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Document type: EU IP Law
Categories: Copyrights and related rights
Making body: European Commission
Law Type: Communication
Effective Start Date: 19 Apr 2004
Access available: Freely available
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