EU pushes for single online music licensing

A pan-European or ‘multi-territory’ licensing system for online music and films is gaining momentum as the Spanish EU Presidency intends to tackle digital copyright and online piracy in 2010.Digital rights management is high on the new Spanish Presidency’s agenda and will likely be discussed by the EU’s 27 telecoms ministers at their meeting in Madrid in May, EurActiv has learnt.The European Commission has been discussing the introduction of a controversial pan-European licensing system since Viviane Reding took her post as EU commissioner for the information society in 2004. The EU executive stated its intentions in black and white for the first time in an October 2009 reflection paper.

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