On the 6th of March, CLA welcomed two new members : DACS and PICSEL !
Collective management of rights
For the second time, the private copying scheme introduced in Spain in 2012 has been considered illegal in view of the 2001 InfoSoc Directive.
As a consequence of the June 2015 decision of the European Court of Justice in the copyright Reprobel case, the German Supreme Court has ended a decade of practice in Germany allowing for a 50% split between publishers and rights holders. The VG-Wort v. Martin Vogel decision of the German Supreme Court, in turn, affects German picture agencies.
A bill aiming at implemeting Artist’s Resale right has been introduced in EU Congress on 16 April 2015; The ART act would bring the US in line with an international community of 75 countries who have that right in their legislation.
The relationship between picture agencies and collecting societies is a two way relationship: as rights holders or the representative of rights holders and as users of creative content, CEPIC members both receive payments from private copying levies and pay royalties to collecting societies.
Any legislation on collective management will affect picture agencies in their relationship with their photographers and with the local collecting society for visual art. The EU is working on a Draft Directive presently. This article summarizes CEPIC’s position.