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The Extended Collective Licensing “Scam”

by Naresh Sarwan on March 24, 2010

There is increasingly vocal opposition to the UK Digital Economy Bill.  This article from discusses the ECL (Extended Copyright Licensing) provision included in the bill:

“Extended Collective Licensing, as enabled by S43 116B of the Digital Economy Bill, is perhaps the least understood aspect of the legislation. ECL enables publishers to establish a collective licensing society comprising contributors who work with the publisher. Payments for usage will then be made to the society, at a rate agreed with the society, and disbursed to its membership.”

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