3 Aprile 2018

A public registry of audiovisual works established

On 8 January 2018, the President of the Council of Ministers enacted a Decree containing provisions for the establishment of a public register for cinematographic and audiovisual works (the “Decree”). According to the Decree, the Italian Ministry of Culture (MiBACT) will be responsible for the new register, the main scope of which is to facilitate enforcement against third parties of rights on audio-visual works. Registration is compulsory for all Italian cinematographic and audiovisual works. It will also be possible to register (a) non-Italian cinematographic and audiovisual works as well as deeds, agreements and judgments regarding the right to distribute, represent and exploit such works in Italy and abroad; (b) literary works intended for the realisation of a cinematographic or audiovisual work and (c) data regarding subsidies. The Register is to be in place within 180 days from the enactment of the Decree.