The fight to save music online


MEPs have voted in favour of the Copyright Directive in a landmark victory for the #LoveMusic campaign.

The proposals to reform copyright was passed by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday March 26 by 348 votes to 274.

We would like to thank all the Euro MPs who backed this important change in the face of a barrage of misinformation.

A huge thank-you also to all our UK Music members as well as all the other creators and campaigners who fought so hard to secure this vital change.  It is a huge step forward for creators, the UK music industry and the millions who love the music we produce.

UK Music spearheaded our award-nominated campaign  - called #LoveMusic -  to fight for these important changes.

Watch our new video to find out more about our #LoveMusic campaign and help us support music and creators!


  • Article 13 does not impose obligations on the general public. The rules only relate to online platforms and to creators and those who invest in creators.
  • Article 13 makes it easier for the public to create, post and share online content.
  • Article 13 will only be applied to online platforms whose main purpose is to make a profit from storing and making available creative content.
  • Online encyclopedias, open source software and non-commercial platforms are explicitly excluded from the requirements of Article 13.


  • Article 13 will NOT make memes illegal. Exceptions to copyright for parody are already in place and the Directive does not change this.
  • Article 13 will NOT kill remixes. Services are already licensed for remixes and mash-ups.
  • Article 13 will NOT harm small businesses and start-ups. The measures will be proportionate, reflecting the specific size and scope of the service.
  • Article 13 will NOT breach privacy or personal data and will be in full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.


  • 1 million streams on YouTube generates as little as £540 for the artist
  • YouTube pays creators a tiny £0.00054p per stream of music
  • Streaming sites like Apply Music and Spotify pay £4.3 billion for music use – way more than YouTube, even though YouTube is the most popular music service in the world.
  • A song needs to be streamed 53.7 million times on YouTube before the creator can make the average UK annual salary of £29,002.
  • A total of 85% of YouTube’s visitors come to the site for music and YouTube accounts for 84% of video streaming services.  At least £2.33bn of YouTube’s revenue in 2017 was generated by music in 2017, according to MIDiA Research.


Many tech companies are fully licensed and have systems for managing content on the internet.

But there are legal loopholes that undermine the rights of creators and those that invest in them. We need to close the loopholes and make the internet work for everyone.

According to figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic industry (IFPI), audio streaming platforms attracted 272 million users in total in 2017, while 1.3 billion music-using users turned to online video services like YouTube.

Despite having one-fifth of users, audio streaming platforms pay substantially more for the use of music. These services paid around $5.6bn (£4.3bn or £15 per user per year) which contrasts significantly with the $856m (£650m or just 50p per user per year) returned to the industry by the likes of YouTube.

The legislation proposed in the European Parliament would create a level playing field in the online market.  If you #LoveMusic, please continue to support this change.

To learn more about this campaign and to sign the petition please visit 

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