IFPI participates in meeting with Latin American Copyright Offices and WIPO in Lima

The president of INDECOPI’s Executive Board, Ivo Gagliuffi Piercechi, and WIPO’s Deputy Director General for the Copyright and Creative Industries Sector, Sylvie Forbin, presided over a meeting aimed at promoting regional cooperation and technical assistance between the directors of the Latin American Copyright Offices and WIPO, as well as dialogue and consultation with IFPI and other rights holder organizations.

The current status of collective management in the region and, in particular, the need for long-standing CMOs to reduce their administrative costs—as already provided for by legislation in the case of Brazil and Colombia—were also at the center of the debate.

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EU approves proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market in an effort to close the value gap

On 12 September 2018, the European Parliament (EP) approved the proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. The final vote was 438 in favor, 226 against, and 39 abstentions.

According to Article 13 of the approved proposal—on the use of copyright protected content by online content sharing service providers— both online platforms and aggregators shall be made liable for any copyright infringement taking place on their sites. This means, as stated in recital 38, that service providers are responsible for their content and should thus conclude fair and appropriate licensing agreements with rights holders.

IFPI joined others in the creative community in thanking the European Parliament for its work on this proposal and congratulated Rapporteur Axel Voss MEP on an outstanding performance. We are now working with the three institutions in the trilogue with the aim of ensuring the Value Gap is effectively closed.

IFPI makes progress in compiling information on the music streaming market

A growing number of IFPI’s national groups are collaborating with charts companies in order to compile information on their music streaming market. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and some Central American countries already publishing the weekly lists of top streamed songs on their countries’ online music services. We now look forward to seeing streaming charts available in Peru, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic soon.

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Membership of IFPI’s affiliated organizations grows in Mexico

IFPI’s national group in Mexico, Amprofon, has just admitted several record companies as new members at a recent general meeting. The country’s thriving record market is attracting new players to join the ranks of Amprofon in defending common rights and interests. To date, Amprofon has 23 associates.

Likewise, Somexfon, the CMO in charge of collecting and distributing performance rights in Mexico, has continued to increase its number of affiliates, and has 36 members at present.

The Dominican Republic’s licensing network extends its coverage

SODINPRO, the Dominican Republic’s CMO, has signed a representation agreement with BRANDIT, a market survey company, for the collective licensing of performance rights in the northern and southern regions of the territory. This agreement will allow SODINPRO to extend its licensing coverage of performance rights on behalf of producers and performers.

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Landmark agreement for collective management in Guatemala

AGINPRO, IFPI’s affiliate in Guatemala, has succeeded in signing a performance rights license agreement with CLARO Television, the leading subscription TV operator in the country. This agreement puts an end to four years of several judicial proceedings initiated by AGINPRO, and paves the way for other radio, air TV and pay TV operators in the country to become compliant with copyright legislation.

As part of the agreement, AGINPRO and CLARO also agreed on separate licensing deals for the promotional use of phonograms in stores and public events.