The Council of the European Union has adopted a new Directive that promotes and improves the management of copyright and cross-border licensing of online music. The most significant implication of this new piece of legislation is that online music service operators no longer need to obtain copyright licenses separately in all EU member states. Instead, music streaming service providers and online music retailers can acquire cross-border licenses from collective management organizations, and consequently offer a wider variety international content to their customers. Moreover, by establishing common governance, transparency and financial management standards, the Directive secures a better functioning and more accountable cross-border licensing system.

The new provisions of the Directive must be incorporated into national legislation within 24 months after the Directive has entered into force. Thus, the implementation-work will be completed during the spring of 2016 at the latest.