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MCPS sets out relationship with Collective Rights Management Directive

London, 16 January 2017 - Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Limited (MCPS) has outlined the extent of its alignment with the regulations implementing the Collective Rights Management (CRM) Directive in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

Inclusion of copyright-protected content in geo-blocking draft report raises serious concerns

Today Roza Thun MEP issued her draft report on the Geo-blocking Regulation in the European Parliament. We are concerned that the draft report proposes to include copyright-protected content such as e-books, music and video-games in the scope of the Regulation, and to extend the scope of the review clause to audiovisual works.

Kramm vs GEMA: music publishers breathe a sigh of relief

The law concerning the so-called publisher`s share was passed yesterday evening in the German parliament. This means that there is now a legal basis for music publishers to receive a share of the monies German collecting management organisation (CMO) GEMA collects.  

ICMP comments on YouTube paying out $1bn in ad revenue to music industry

YouTube says it has paid out over $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone over the past 12 months.  

EUR 83 billion and 790 000 jobs lost every year across the EU due to counterfeiting and piracy


EUR 83 billion and 790 000 jobs lost every year across the EU due to counterfeiting and piracy

Busy 33rd session of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

Sylvie Forbin, the new WIPO Deputy Director General for Copyright and Creative Industries Sector, opened the 33rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), which was held from 14 to 18 November in Geneva. ICMP was in attendance.

ICMP outrage at Berlin court ruling on authors’ royalties

ICMP is deeply concerned at Monday’s Berlin court ruling, which says that the “VG Wort” decision of the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) shall not only be applied to statutory claims like private copying levies but also to exclusive rights.

Australia's music community issues statement opposing safe harbour expansion

In Australia, the music community recently wrote to Minsters requesting that the Government drop the safe harbour changes from the current draft Copyright Amendment Bill. The Government has proposed to present the Bill in its next sitting.

However, it is unclear whether the Government will keep the Bill as drafted, change it, or drop the safe harbour schedule entirely.

IP Summit: 1 & 2 December in Brussels

What is the IP Summit?

Since 2004, The IP Summit is an unrivalled Platform dealing with all IP-related issues in Europe.

US Elections: Trump and Clinton on copyright

Washington D.C., 26 October 2016 - US Presidential campaigns tend not to present scientific analyses nor detailed proposals on different policy areas. However, as the US is a net exporter of creative content and its cultural influence is of huge significance, we thought we would look at both candidates IP strategy.