ICMP believes it is important to allow for competing licensing models to develop around common high standards of representation, accountability, transparency, good governance and efficiency of societies. Collecting societies should benefit from a level playing field in Europe so as to be subject to comparable rules of operation, transparency, governance and scrutiny by competent authorities, as well as comparable service provision and accountability towards their members.

ICMP welcomed the adoption of the Collective Rights Management Directive which will promote greater transparency and better governance of collecting societies and facilitate multi-territorial licensing of musical works for online use in the EU and EEA. This will make it easier for service providers to obtain the necessary licences for music to be distributed online across the EU and to ensure that revenue is correctly collected and fairly distributed to rightsholders for the benefit of authors, composers and publishers, users and also the collecting societies themselves.

ICMP looks forward to the timely implementation of this Directive by EU Member States and by collecting societies, who will have to ensure they comply with the new rules.