European Union agrees on copyright directive text

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PRS for Music’s Robert Ashcroft welcomes the latest development in the European Union’s plan to reform copyright legislation as a step forward in protecting creators.

The proposed final text will go before the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee before MEPs have the final vote on Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive.

A majority of MEPs must vote in favour of the directive for it to come into force, and EU governments will also have to endorse the text.

The trilogue negotiations have taken place over the last seven days with representatives of the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council of the European Union before the final deal was reached late Wednesday (13 February) evening.

Robert Ashcroft, chief executive of PRS for Music says: ‘After five years of hard work, the news that we have a final text is a welcome relief for all involved. This Directive has generated an unprecedented level of debate and a wave of misinformation from the open internet lobby, so I commend all of those who have battled through it to arrive at a text to put to the European Parliament. Our mission has only ever been to achieve a fair and functioning digital market and, as a result, fair reward for creators. Subject to final scrutiny of the text and the forthcoming vote in Parliament it looks today as though we are going to achieve our aim.’

Article 13 is of particular interest to music creators and the wider industry as it centres around whether large profitmaking content platforms should fairly reward creators for the use of their work.

If it passes into law, Article 13 will effectively modernise copyright laws, making them more relevant for the digital age and limit the way tech giants can evade or minimise their liability for the copyright music uploaded by their users.