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ICMP and the European Union

The value gap

Some internet intermediaries, such as search engines and social networks, are not remunerating rightsholders for disseminating copyright-protected content online.

Collective Rights Management

ICMP believes it is important to allow competing licensing models to develop around common high standards of representation, accountability, transparency, good governance and efficiency.


Territoriality in music refers to the licensing of musical works to distributors or broadcasters based on linguistic and/or cultural markets.

Term of protection

ICMP considers the current term of protection (70 p.m.a. for authors and 70 for performers and sound recordings) is still very much appropriate in the digital environment.

VAT for Cultural Products

ICMP believes that music disks and online music should be eligible to benefit from a reduced rate of Value Added Tax under the EU VAT Directive, in line with the reduced rate currently available fo

Private copying levies and cloud computing

ICMP strongly supports the principle of fair compensation to rightsholders for harm caused by mass private copying of protected works, as recognised by the EU.

Exceptions and limitations in the EU

The rationale behind the EU exceptions and limitations regime is to allow people to use copyrighted works for a specific purpose as long as it complies with the internationally recognised principle

User Generated Content

The current copyright acquis is equipped to deal with UGC. UGC is not a new, unaddressed market.

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