July 25, 2008
As president and chair of the International Confederation of Music Publishers, we wish to comment on DG Competition’s recent decision to adopt a pan-European approach to copyright.
We welcome the fact that the Commission decision, as reported, broadly supports right holders’ choices and composers and their publishers will continue to be able to take a pan-European approach to the way they promote and market their music.
In choosing not to fine collecting societies, the Commission has acknowledged that the funds of the societies are ultimately the property of the right holders and that it is their future that is being addressed in this ruling.
As music publishers, the enabling and delivery of cultural diversity is a key part of our role. As members and occasionally board members of collecting societies, we support collective rights management and we also acknowledge the vital role that collecting societies play in ensuring that composers receive royalties when their work is used.
ICMP believes that this decision demonstrates a well thought-out, clear approach which is consistent with the 18th October 2005 Online Recommendation. It will facilitate the licensing process to the ultimate benefit of both users and right holders and will lead to greater efficiency and transparency in copyright administration to the benefit of culture throughout Europe. We look forward to working with the societies to build on recent progress in this area.
Finally, but crucially, the decision recognises that increased competition should not mean a “race to the bottom” in terms of royalty levels.
Nicolas Galibert (President) and Kjell Åke Hamren (Chair)
International Confederation of Music PublishersAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor