EU not planning to regulate online music markets

January 2008


The European Commission is currently not drawing up any binding rules to regulate the online music market, despite repeated calls by the European Parliament. At a meeting with MEPs in the legal affairs committee last month (14 November), the commission said: “The submissions analysed so far show that most stakeholders do not see the need for a framework directive, and prefer market-based solutions to regulatory intervention. Commissioner Joe Borg, standing in for his internal market colleague Charlie McCreevy, said “Our recommendation is not detrimental to cultural diversity” referring to Brussels’ suggestion that the copyright market be left to market forces.

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