There is one more hurdle for Europe’s proposed new copyright directive to become law: an upcoming vote in the European Parliament. That’s because the EU member states have now approved a final version of its text.
Various music-industry bodies are preparing themselves for a final push, encouraging Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to approve the directive.
“This will be the first piece of legislation anywhere in the world clarifying the position of platforms as regards copyright and licensing. It is a balanced compromise, taking on board the views of stakeholders representing different interests,” said Impala executive chair Helen Smith. Impala was also a co-signatory to an open letter – with fellow music bodies CISAC, ECSA, EMC, GESAC and the IMPF – calling on the Parliament to approve the directive. “This is a historical opportunity. We need an internet that is fair and sustainable for all. This is why we urge policymakers to adopt the Directive quickly, as agreed in trilogue negotiations,” it claimed.