European Commission adopts forward-looking package in the area of copyright

The European Commission today adopted two initiatives in the area of copyright. First, the European Commission proposes to align the copyright term for performers with that applicable to authors, in this way bridging the income gap that performers face toward the end of their lives. Secondly, the European Commission proposes to fully harmonise the copyright term that applies to co-written musical compositions. In parallel, the European Commission also adopted a Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy. The consultation document focuses on topics that appear relevant for the development of a modern economy, driven by the rapid dissemination of knowledge and information. Both of these initiatives comprise a unique mix of social, economic and cultural measures aimed at maintaining Europe as a prime location for cultural creators in the entertainment and knowledge sectors. [European Commission Press Release]