BRUSSELS Authors and composers have until July
9 to comment on proposed new EU rules loosening restrictive
territorial contracts for copyright registration on the
Internet, satellite and cable retransmission of music.
The European Commission charged the International
Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in
February 2006 with imposing anti-competitive territorial
restrictions on authors and composers.
The restrictions concerned only material sent by the
Internet, satellite or cable, the EU executive said.
CISAC offers a model contract used by 18 collecting
societies in the 30-member European Economic Area (EEA),
including the 27 European Union countries, the Commission said.
CISAC has proposed changing the contract, which covers 95
percent of copyright licensing in the EEA, to respond to the
"The new contract lifts the membership restrictions and the
exclusivity clause, according to which reciprocal
representation is done on an exclusive basis for the respective
territory of the collecting societies," the Commission said.
CISAC has proposed permitting authors and composers to
transfer their rights to any collecting society, not just the
one in their own country.
The confederation also said new wording would lift
territorial restrictions which require commercial users to buy
licenses for use only in the area covered by their local
The Commission said those interested should comment on the
proposals by July 9 so it could decide whether to accept them.