UK Music Calls on Euro MPs and EU Council to Support Copyright Directive

27/02/2019: UK Music and its members have asked MEPs and the EU Council to support the Copyright Directive.

The move followed the decision by the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee to adopt the compromise text by 16 votes to 9, meaning the Directive will now proceed to a plenary vote in a few week’s time.

UK Music has issued the following statement on behalf of its members.

“UK Music and its members have always supported constructive steps to foster a fair music Iicensing environment that benefits creators, performers and those who invest in them. We have campaigned for this together through #LoveMusic and the final compromise text of the Copyright Directive is a notable step in that direction.

In relation to Article 13, we welcome the fact that the compromise text clearly establishes that Online Content Sharing Service Providers should not be entitled to avoid the need to secure licences from rightsholders. As has been widely reported, the text of this Article in particular has been the subject of fierce and passionate debate and the final result includes a number of compromises.

With this in mind, we ask the EU Council and MEPs to support the Directive.

We call on individual member states to ensure that the Copyright Directive, if successfully adopted, is implemented in a way that achieves its original purpose and benefits the whole of the industry.”

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