On 13 April 2013, the Swedish government issued a government bill including proposed amendments to the Swedish Copyright Act (SFS 1960:729). The proposed amendments intend to further improve the existing possibilities to exploit works after an agreement has been entered into with an organization which represents a large number of creators in the area, so called extended collective licensing (ECL).
In short, the most relevant of the proposed amendments include a right for authorities and companies to use ECL to reproduce works in order to satisfy the need for information within their operations, and the corresponding right for libraries to digitize and make available their own collections. Furthermore, radio and television organizations shall always be permitted to apply ECL for the broadcasting of published literary and musical works, as well as works of art which have been made public. Also, a general right to use ECL is proposed, which aims to cover any situations (e.g. due to new technical developments) which are not explicitly included in any of the specific rights to use ECL included in the Act. The bill also proposes to remove the requirement that only organizations based in Sweden are eligible to enter into an extended collective licenseand to collect compensation.
Finally, in order to implement the Directive 2011/77/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 September 2011 amending Directive 2006/116/EC on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights, it is proposed to extend the existing protection from 50 to 70 years for performers and producers of sound recordings.
The amendments are proposed to be entered into force on 1 November 2013.