Europe's radio, performing artists, information technology, catering, cable, and commercial television, associations will jointly appeal on Tuesday (June 20) for European Union action to deal with the

Europe's radio, performing artists, information technology, catering, cable, and commercial television, associations will jointly appeal on Tuesday (June 20) for European Union action on copyright issues that have emerged in recent years.

The appeal will be unveiled at a conference in Brussels and is aimed at outlining options on the rights that different users need, as well as providing insight into some of the issues currently at stake.

One of the main concerns of the respective lobby groups is on the failure to improve and modernize the collective management of copyright in the European Union. The appeal will state that the October 2005 recommendation by the European Commission on the management of on-line music rights had failed to address key copyright issues, which ultimately exposed European artists and users to a variety of new problems.

A conference, entitled "Time to review copyright management in Europe," will gather the seven associations in the Copyright Users Platform (CUP), as well as national regulators and Commission officials.

The seven groups are the European Radio Assn. (AER), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Assn. of Commercial Television (ACT), the European Cable Communications Assn. (ECCA), the European Information and Communications Technology and Consumer Electronics Industries Assn. (EICTA), Hotels, Restaurants, and Cafes in Europe (HOTREC), and the Performing Arts Employers Assn. League Europe (PEARLE).