The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recently issued an opinion on its own initiative whereby it calls for the harmonisation of Member States' legislation on five points that it reckons being of obstacle to civil life. The pleaded harmonisation would avoid “literal or erroneous or partial interpretations of the law that prejudice consumers and users” for the sake of the “acquired and constitutionally protected rights”.

The five points on which harmonisation is demanded are:

  • The rights and obligations of copyright holders and collecting societies in the music industry, and also the obligations arising from the buying or selling of intellectual property rights and related rights;
  • Remuneration, in particular for use by third parties (consumers) of intellectual property rights or related rights;
  • Meaning of public performance and what constitutes a public performance;
  • The penalties that should be imposed on users for illegal uses of this right;
  • The structure and functioning of the collecting agencies or societies representing copyright-holders in certain Member States.

To read the EESC opinion, please click here