Copyright law of the European Union

  1. Radiohead, Pink Floyd Members Express Opposition To EU Draft Copyright Legislation

    July 11, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Newly proposed draft legislation by the European Commission designed to enhance cross-border digital licensing, streamline societies' royalty collection and combat piracy has been criticized by artists' lobbying body Younison, which repr ...

  2. EU Extends Copyright Term To 70 Years

    September 12, 2011 9:03 AM EDT The European Union has extended the term of copyright protection offered to sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, following a prolonged campaign from the music industry. The legislation, which was first proposed by the European Commission in 2008 ...

  3. EU Proposes New Strategy for Intellectual Property Rights

    May 25, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The European Union has outlined plans for a new intellectual property framework to be implemented across its 27 member states, including legislation to tackle digital piracy and simplify pan-European digital licensing. "Ensuring the right lev ...

  4. Czechs Urged To Act On EU Term Extension

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European organizations representing performers and the music industry have joined together to call on the Czech government to use the final weeks of its EU presidency to help deliver the European directive to increase copyright in sound recordings ...

  5. Musicians Lobby EU On Term Extension

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. licensing body PPL organized a reception in Brussels to help artists press their case for a fair copyright term deal at the EU level. The current term for copyright in sound recordings is 50 years and the European Commission proposed extendin ...

  6. German Biz Welcomes Bob Dylan Ruling

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) in Berlin has welcomed a ruling issued by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which confirmed that older recordings are also protected by copyright law throughout Europe if protection i ...

  7. EC, CISAC Make Progress On Royalties Issue

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has appealed to the music sector to say whether the planned reforms in the way royalties are collected are enough to ensure that collecting societies are not operating a de facto monopoly. The market testing call comes afte ...

  8. Spain Rapped Over CD Rental Royalties

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ruled that Spain broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of items like CDs and D The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ...

  9. Spain Rapped Over CD Rental Royalties

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ruled that Spain broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of items like CDs and D The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ...

  10. U.K. Music Biz Demands Copyright Law Overhaul

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. music-industry chiefs gathered today (July 12) to unveil a proposal for a new digital-age copyright framework, which they hope the government will incorporate into a revised intellectual property U.K. music-industry chiefs gathered today (Jul ...

  11. Portugal In Hot Water Over Library Royalties

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday (July 6) that Portugal broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of goods such as C The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday ( ...

  12. France Adopts Copyright Bill

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. The final text of the copyright ...

  13. France Adopts Copyright Bill

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. The final text of the copyright ...

  14. France Adopts Copyright Bill

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. The final text of the copyright ...

  15. EU Warns CISAC On Contract Restrictions

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (Feb. 7) confirmed a formal investigation into the way collecting societies gather royalties for artists from Internet sites and through satellite and cable broadcasting. The European Commission today (Feb. 7) confirm ...

  16. EU Investigates Collecting Societies

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said on Tuesday (Feb. 7) it had sent a charge sheet to the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers for placing too many restrictions in contracts. The European Commission today (Feb. 7) confirmed a ...

  17. Sources: Brussels To Challenge Collecting Societies

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST EC to issue 'Statement of Objections.' The European Commission will next week challenge Europe's collecting societies over their arrangements for royalty gathering, Billboard.biz has learned. The Commission -- the European Union ...

  18. French Parliament To Discuss New Copyright Bill

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST French Parliament is today (Dec. 20) due to debate the controversial new digital copyright bill. If passed, the copyright and neighboring rights in the information society bill (DADVSI) would impose t French Parliament is today (Dec. 20) due to de ...

  19. French Parliament To Discuss New Copyright Bill

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST French Parliament is today (Dec. 20) due to debate the controversial new digital copyright bill. If passed, the copyright and neighboring rights in the information society bill (DADVSI) would impose t French Parliament is today (Dec. 20) due to de ...

  20. 4 Nations Face EC Fines Over Copyright

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT France, Finland, Spain and the Czech Republic could face hefty fines for failing to implement a 2001 law offering copyright protection for music, movies and software, the European Commission revealed BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- France, Fi ...

  21. EC Begins Proceedings Over C'right Directive

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (July 13) it had launched infringement proceedings against four countries for failing to implement a 2001 copyright legislation protecting music, movies and software The European Commission said today (July 13) i ...

  22. EC Begins Proceedings Over C'right Directive

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (July 13) it had launched infringement proceedings against four countries for failing to implement a 2001 copyright legislation protecting music, movies and software The European Commission said today (July 13) i ...

  23. EU Plans Severe Penalties For Copyright Pirates

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs face minimum penalties of up to four years in jail and fines of €300,000 ($366,000) under new proposals unveiled today (July 12) by the European Commi Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs ...

  24. EC Gets Tough On Copyright Directive

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. BRUSSELS -- The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, F ...

  25. EC Gets Tough On C'right Directive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Fin ...

  26. EC Gets Tough On C'right Directive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Fin ...

  27. Further Delays For French Copyright Bill

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST The French government has announced that the law adapting the European Union's Copyright Directive will be discussed by the parliament at the beginning of 2005, but no specific date has been set. LONDON -- The French government has announced ...

  28. EC To Assess Copyright Extension

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans to review its copyright laws, including the issue of raising protection for recorded music from the current European level of 50 years. The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans ...

  29. Industry Presses EC To Review Recordings' Term Of Protection

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT International trade body the IFPI officially requested the European Commission for an extension of Term of Protection for producers and artists, with the goal of ending the discrepancy between the Uni LONDON -- The music industry's main prior ...

  30. French Parliament To Discuss Copyright Legislation

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France is in the final stage of adapting the European Union's E-Commerce Directive into local law, but another crucial piece of EU legislation for the music and film industries is way behind schedule. PARIS -- France is in the final stage of ...

  31. EU Piracy Directive Clears Hurdle

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European U ...