EU study: Collective Management weakens case for Exceptions and Limitations

The European Commission has just published the report of a study on Assessing the economic impacts of adapting certain limitations and exceptions to copyright and related rights in the EU. It reconfirms that “a collective licensing system weakens the case for exceptions as it reduces transaction costs and thus the risk of a market failure.” The study was carried out for the EC DG Markt by Charles River Associates and aims at providing policy guidance in the areas of digital preservation by cultural heritage and educational institutions; the provision of remote access by cultural heritage and educational institutions; e-lending by public libraries, text and data mining and reproductions made by natural persons for private uses.

IFRRO is in the process of analyzing the report in detail. The full report can be found at Internal Market website.