Yesterday, 18th March 2017, Saeima (Latvian legislator) approved in the last reading the new Copyright Collective Management Law (Autortiesību kolektīvā pārvaldījuma likums) and respective amendments the existing Copyright Law. The laws will be proclaimed and come into force in the general order.
With the mentioned laws the legislator has transferred into the national legal system the Directive 2014/26/EU of 26 February 2014 on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market.
The purpose of the Copyright Collective Management Law is to provide legal prerequisites for effective management of copyright and related rights. Its’ full text is currently available here: http://titania.saeima.lv/LIVS12/SaeimaLIVS12.nsf/0/1F974C39D7C1B304C225811D004C345D?OpenDocument (in Latvian only)
Changes of the Copyright Law are mainly of editorial nature (reference to the new Copyright Collective Management Law, exclusion of the collective management chapter, specified terminology). Additionally the chapter “Mediators” is rephrased, providing for new interpretation of mediator in the context of certain range of copyright and related claims (different from mediators in the context of Law on Mediation). The chapter provides, inter alia, for the requirements the mediator should satisfy and for maintanance of the list of professional mediators. The full text of amendments is currently available at: http://titania.saeima.lv/LIVS12/SaeimaLIVS12.nsf/0/4FF3BE4340223409C225811D004B5F46?OpenDocument (in Latvian only)