Bloomberg Tax
Oct. 1, 2020, 3:00 PM

EU Court Adviser Defends Tax Rights of Music Copyright Holders

Danielle Myles
Danielle Myles
Freelance Correspondent

A license to use copyrighted works is a taxable supply, an adviser to the European Court of Justice confirmed Thursday in an opinion that complicates arrangements for the collection of royalties in the bloc.

If the court agrees with the opinion issued by Advocate General Jean Richard de la Tour, it will quash any doubts about whether intellectual property-owners should be taxed as end-users. The ECJ, which is not bound by Richard de la Tour’s opinion, is expected to issue a full judgment in the coming months.

The case revolves around Romania’s copyright association which, in line with ...