Which Novelties Will the Amendments to the Law Bring?
The Bill foresees the improvement of the collective exercise of copyright and related rights. One of the more significant novelties is the extension of the duration of the term of the rights for interpreters and producers of phonograms from 50 to 70 years. Furthermore, apart from musicians and singers, actors shall receive compensations for broadcasting and re-broadcasting of the interpretations recorded on a sound or picture carrier. The Bill foresees the duration of rights of co-authors on music works with lyrics lasts for 70 years from the death of the last surviving co-author of the composition or the lyrics, and novelties concerning limitations of copyright and related rights shall be introduced as well.
The Bill introduces several novelties concerning the organizations for the collective management of copyright and related rights, in respect of work, reasons for revoking the operating license, as well as the Distribution Plan of the organizations. It is important to point out that the Bill foresees two bases for revoking the operating license, namely due to serious offences and repeated infringements of the Law, and the operating license may be revoked due to infringements of the provisions of the Statute, Distribution Plan and other general acts of the organization.
In terms of civil protection of the copyright and related rights, the amendments of the applicable Law expand the circle of entities that can file a complaint due to a violation of copyrights and related rights. Another novelty is the possibility of imposing temporary measures without the hearing of the defendant, especially if the delay could inflict damage to the prosecutor.
Considering all of the above, the Bill amends certain provisions of the applicable Law regarding the exclusive right of broadcast, re-broadcast interactive communication of the work to the public, the right of lending, legal protection of database producers and limitation for authors of computer programs.