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European music orgs call for more pandemic-tackling investment

A collective of 40 European music bodies are calling for the European Union and also national governments to deliver more support to the music industry and its creators, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In light of this dire situation, we call for emergency as well as sustainable public support and structural policies at EU, national, regional and local level to consolidate the music ecosystem, and help it thrive again in all its diversity,” explained the group, led by Impala.

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YouTube meeting EU governments to talk Article 17 implementation

It’s no secret that the approval of the European Union’s new copyright directive was not the end of the lobbying (and arguments) around its section covering user-uploaded-content platforms and copyright.

Article 17 (formerly Article 13) will now, like the rest of the directive, have to be implemented by each of the EU member states, and creative-industry bodies and technology firms alike are keen to encourage these implementations to sway one way or the other.

This isn’t even secret lobbying: in her latest letter to creators and artists, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has provided an update on the lobbying process.

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Reeperbahn Festival day one: Copyright, Brexit and more

Authenticity, Copyright law, and – oh yes – Brexit were all on the agenda during the first day of conference sessions at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.

In an era where perceived authenticity counts for so much, songwriters composing for clients who want songs for adverts might be asked to create songs that fulfil two seemingly opposing needs: writing songs that are authentic – but also that sound alike – or even “just-a-like” a famous hit. Can you balance this, and what does it tell us about music consumers today?

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Lickd boss says Article 13 issue ‘is not going to go away’

Europe’s new copyright directive has passed its latest legislative hurdle, winning the approval of the European Union member states, after being voted through by the European Parliament last month.

“With today’s agreement, we are making copyright rules fit for the digital age. Europe will now have clear rules that guarantee fair remuneration for creators, strong rights for users and responsibility for platforms,” said EC president Jean-Claude Juncker. “When it comes to completing Europe’s digital single market, the copyright reform is the missing piece of the puzzle.”

Paul Sampson, CEO of startup Lickd – which has built a service for YouTubers to license commercial music from labels – has been giving his views on the implications of the new legislation, which will now be implemented by the EU member states.