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Case Study: Swedish Music Industry Views as European Union Countries Work on Drafting Home Laws for Enacting EU Copyright Directive

This article is Part One of a two-part article. Part Two will appear in our March 2020 issue.

This article examines the Copyright Directive and music-industry structure issues through the lens of Sweden, which has both a robust music business and a strong technology sector, two divergent perspectives in the development of the directive.

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The European Union passed its new Copyright Directive in 2019. Within the mandate set out by the provisions of the directive, each EU member nation has two years to enact legislation for it in their own countries. This article examines the Copyright Directive and music-industry structure issues through the lens of Sweden, which has both a robust music business and a strong technology sector, two divergent perspectives in the development of the directive. Entertainment Law & Finance Editor-in-Chief Stan Soocher conducted the interviews that appear in this article, in Stockholm at the offices of the featured executives.

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