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16. december 2009

Collecting societies and cultural diversity in the music sector

On 2 December 2009, assistant professor Giuseppe Mazziotti and dr. Evangelia Psychogiopoulou (research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy - ELIAMEP) presented and discussed a study commissioned by the European Parliament in the field of copyright collective management: Collecting societies and cultural diversity in the music sector.

The presentation and the subsequent debate took place in a formal meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament in Brussels.

Dr. Mazziotti and Dr. Psychogiopoulou are part of the team of European intellectual property experts who authored the study under the coordination of ELIAMEP. The study was commissioned by the European Parliament in order to take stock of recent market developments in the field of music rights management and examine how EU policy on music rights management affects (or might affect) cultural diversity in the music sector. The study was triggered by the need to evaluate the cultural ramifications of the systemic changes that currently take place in the field of music rights management mainly as a result of action taken in the field by the European Commission. The study involved in-depth empirical research in five European countries that were selected as ‘case-studies': Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.