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Music rights orgs hit back at YouTube over Article 13


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Startling fact of the day: music-industry bodies aren’t entirely happy with YouTube’s latest thoughts on the Article 13 section of Europe’s proposed new copyright directive. YouTube Music boss Lyor Cohen’s blog post this week sparked a fierce response from a group of industry bodies including the IFPI, Impala, ICMP, ECSA and Gesac.

They accused YouTube’s latest campaign against Article 13 of showing “a lack of respect for the EU democratic process of law making”, and suggested that the company’s focus on ‘unintended consequences’ of the proposed legislation is “menacing” with its threats to “block content, instead of showing willingness to observe laws and fairly remunerate… YouTube’s eleventh-hour campaign of fact-free fear-mongering should be seen for what it is: an attempt to derail the EU democratic legislative process.”

British body the BPI put out its own statement yesterday also criticising YouTube for “trying to scaremonger the EU into reversing decisions taken after a full debate, because it doesn’t like the outcome”.

Stuart Dredge

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