Consultation outcome

Collective Rights Management Directive: technical review

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Detail of outcome

The Collective Rights Management Directive will help ensure collective management organisations (“CMOs”) in the UK maintain their sector leading high standards and supporting the digital single market, by creating opportunities for cross-border licensing and encouraging competition.

The government is publishing regulations to implement the Directive following a short technical review in October 2015. Following the review, we have amended the Regulations to clarify some of the obligations on “CMOs” including requirements on training and alternative dispute resolution provision.

We have been working closely with “CMOs” and other stakeholders in developing guidance, which we are publishing alongside the final Regulations.

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Responses to technical review

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Detail of feedback received

We have published 17 individual responses we received in response to our consultation.

Original consultation

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Technical review of the draft Regulations to transpose the EU’s Collective Rights Management Directive into UK law.


Consultation description

The European Union has agreed a new Directive that will change the rules that apply to Collective Management Organisations (“CMOs” - often called “collecting societies” in the UK).

The Directive sets new standards that these organisations must meet, and makes sure that creators have an explicit right to use a “CMO” of their choice to manage their works. It will give UK creators more rights when they work with “CMOs”, helping to make sure they’re properly remunerated for the use of their work in the EU. The Directive will also make it easier for businesses to offer online music services across Europe.

The UK has to incorporate the Directive into UK law by 10 April 2016. This review gives businesses, creators, “CMOs” and other interested parties the chance to comment on the draft Regulations the Government proposes to use to implement the Directive. The draft Regulations are designed to retain important protections for business that form part of the UK’s current minimum standards for collecting societies.

The UK conducted a full consultation on implementation of the Directive earlier in 2015.