GESAC welcomes the final adoption of the CRM Directive

Today, the Competitiveness Council formally adopted the Directive on Collective management of copyright and related rights. Following the adoption by the European Parliament on 4 February 2014, the Directive has now been formally adopted by all the law-making institutions of the Union and it will soon enter into force as a European Directive.

GESAC, on behalf of the 33 societies it represents across Europe, welcomes the final adoption of the Directive. The Directive highlights the key role of collective management organisations (CMOs) in negotiating deals with licensees and securing fair remuneration to creators. It aims at setting European wide standards of transparency and governance, which are essential to ensure that relationships with rightholders and users are based on confidence. The approval the Directive is also the demonstration that EU copyright regime is fit for purpose and it can adapt to the challenges of the digital era.

For more information:

  • Better access to online music – Collective management  of copyright – Council’s press release
  • Greek Presidency’s video summary – here
  • GESAC Press Release on the CRM Directive following the plenary voting at the European Parliament  – here