Neighbouring rights

In addition to author’s right, the legislation issued in 1941 governs the so called related rights. The most important ones are granted to phonogram and video producers, performing artists, radio and TV broadcasters and so on.

Such rights, all different in form and substance, have some common features: they protect interests related to the exercise of the author’s right and works which may not be considered as intellectual works but are still the result of an industrial activity in the cultural or creative field.

The latest EU directives have greatly enlarged the variety of related rights that provide right holders with exclusive economic rights, and in some cases (i.e. performing artists), moral rights too.