The Copyright Directive Approved In European Parliament

26 March 2019

The Copyright Directive has been approved in European Parliament today. 348 votes for and 274 against.

Statement from Annabella Coldrick, CEO of MMF:

“This is really positive news. The MMF has stood with the rest of the music industry, and alongside our colleagues in the European Music Managers Alliance and the Council of Music Makers, to push for these vital updates to copyright law. This is a once in a generation opportunity to recalibrate Europe’s digital economy to ensure artists are fairly remunerated.”

“Alongside Article 13, today’s Directive also offers a raft of changes that will empower artists and creators, ensuring they have greater transparency and leverage in their licensing and contractual partnerships. For the creative community, these amendments in Articles 14-16 are also of the utmost importance.

“It is now crucial that UK legislators act constructively to make good on their promises and implement these changes in full, and at the earliest opportunity.”

The Members States will have the final vote on the 9th April and for now the UK remains one of the 28 Member States.

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