Title: Praise and criticism of the collective management of copyrights: a Spanish and European view

Authors: Antonio Muñoz Vico

Addresses: Garrigues' Intellectual Property Department, C/Hermosilla 3, 28001 – Madrid, Spain

Abstract: What is the cause of copyright collecting societies' growing unpopularity? What circumstances have caused collecting societies such as the Spanish SGAE to become one of the social agents that arouses the most distrust among the population today? And why did the European Union have to strengthen the measures aimed at ensuring the transparency of collecting societies? There are many reasons that have contributed to bringing collecting societies in Spain and Europe into disrepute. This paper aspires to disclose some of them and to explain why collecting societies are indispensable in our society under new national and EU legislation.

Keywords: copyright; collecting societies; CMOs; collective management organisations; intellectual property rights; IPR; internet; European Union; Spanish law; EU law; culture; Spain; entertainment; EU Directive 26/2014; authors; performers; producers; digital content.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2015.071343

International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 2015 Vol.8 No.1/2, pp.3 - 20

Received: 10 Dec 2014
Accepted: 05 Mar 2015

Published online: 21 Aug 2015 *

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