Published online by Cambridge University Press: 11 June 2019
The collective management of copyright and neighboring rights means that an entity other than the rightholder exercises the economic rights pertaining to the rightholder under copyright law. Individual rightholders of copyright and neighboring rights may decide on the joint management of their rights in any legal form that is permitted under applicable law. The management needs an appropriate authorization. The legal basis of such an authorization may be, for example, a sub-licensable, nonexclusive license granted to the rights manager, or the appropriate assignment of economic rights to the rights manager, or an agency-type mandate. In some cases, legal provisions may also grant the power to rights managers to exercise economic rights. The rights manager may act in their own name, or in the name of the rightholders, depending on the legal solution applied.