EC to sue Bulgaria, Romania for failing to adopt copyright legislation

EC to sue Bulgaria, Romania for failing to adopt copyright legislation
By bne IntelliNews December 7, 2017

The European Commission said that will refer Bulgaria and Romania, along with Luxembourg and Spain, to the Court of Justice of the EU as they have failed to notify implementation of EU rules on collective management of copyright and related rights, and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use into national law.

If the court rules in favour of the claim, the countries, which were supposed to apply the EU legislation by April 10 last year, will face significant fines. For Bulgaria the sum would be €19,121.60 a day, while Romania will have to pay €42,377.60 per day.

“The infringement proceedings were opened against those countries in May 2016. To date, these member states have not yet notified the Commission of taking the necessary steps to transpose the directive into national law,” the EC said in a statement on December 7.

In a separate infringement case involving Romania, the EC has also decided to send a letter of formal notice over the implementation of the mandatory collective management system of musical works as the country’s law has failed to comply with the EU legislation.

The EC also decided to refer Bulgaria, along with Greece and Finland, to the court as they have failed to notify their measures transposing EU rules establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning. If Bulgaria loses that case, the country will have to pay a fine equal to €14,089.60 per day.

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