Legal Affairs MEPs on Tuesday endorsed the EP deal with member states to make it easier for online providers to obtain copyright licenses to stream music across EU borders. The draft law aims to encourage the creation of EU-wide online music services for consumers and ensure that creators' rights are better protected and their royalties are paid promptly.

“Today's unanimous vote demonstrates that, contrary to some misconceptions, all political groups acknowledge that copyright is compatible with the digital age and can easily adapt to it,” said the rapporteur, Marielle Gallo (EPP, FR), after the vote.

The draft law enables online service providers to obtain licenses for cross-border music services from a small number of authors' collective management organisations operating across EU borders instead of having to obtain licences from separate organisations in each EU member state. For consumers, this should mean more and better online music services.

In order to increase transparency and efficiency, the proposal also establishes a minimum set of rules governing collective management organizations.

Next steps

The full Parliament will vote on these new rules in early 2014.

Find out more about the agreement in the EP press release.

In the chair: Klaus-Heiner Lehne (EPP, DE)

Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure (codecision)