Two interesting developments took place in music licensing laws in Europe recently. Until now, licensing tracks for online use has been a labyrinth that has negatively affected the growth of online music. Potential uses had o contact each individual authors rights society, which is a significant administrative task.
The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee voted unanimously to allow online providers to obtain copyright licenses to stream music across E.U. borders. The proposed law would allow for a small number of authors’ collective management organizations to operate across E.U. borders.
The Parliament hopes the proposal will lead to more and better online music services. The law would apply to music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer as well as online music retailers including Amazon, 7Digital and Apple.
Music licensing laws to lead to changes in authors societies
The use of rights in the music sector accounts for about 80 percent of the revenue received by collecting societies. There are more than 250 collecting societies across the E.U.