Tuesday, July 26, 2011

European Commission’s Green Paper On Online Distribution Of Audiovisual Works

European Commission’s stress upon intellectual property rights (IPRs) is well founded as IPRs bring innovation and prosperity to any nation. These days, IPRs of media, film industry, audio visual works, etc have assumed great importance.

Recently EU declared the new IPR policy for European economy. Under this new strategy, the Commission proposes an ambitious programme until the end of 2012 that foresees actions in all the main IPR, in particular patents, trade marks, copyright and related rights and geographical indications.

EU has also published a Green Paper on the online distribution of audiovisual works. In the framework of the IPR Strategy (Commission's communication "A Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights"), this paper aims to contribute to the development of a digital single market by launching a consultation on the opportunities and challenges of the online distribution of audiovisual works. All stakeholders are invited to participate in this consultation, which is open until November 2011.

This Green Paper is focused on the copyright licensing framework, but it also looks at the remuneration of authors and performers for the online use of their works.