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Music’s Article 13 meltdown: read the two industry-body letters in full

Two open letters published this week have laid bare new divisions within the music industry over the proposed new European copyright directive – and its Article 13 section dealing with user-uploaded content platforms like YouTube.

Yesterday, a letter whose signatories included the IFPI and Impala (representing labels) and ICMP (representing publishers) called for the directive to be scrapped. Today, a second letter signed by BASCA (representing songwriters); the FAC and MU (musicians); MMF (managers); and MPG (producers) criticised the first letter in the strongest of terms.

We’ve reported on the fallout here, but in the interests of fairness, the text of both letters is reproduced in full below.

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UK music-maker bodies slam labels and publishers over Article 13

Yesterday, music-industry bodies the IFPI, Impala and ICMP published a letter calling for the European copyright directive to be scrapped.

Now a group of bodies representing musicians, songwriters, managers and producers have criticised the intervention, and the gloves are truly off.

“It is hugely disappointing to see the music labels and publishers disregard the interests of their creators and artists in this way. They are trying to overturn years of collaborative work at the 11th hour by killing the Copyright Directive,” said the letter, signed by the UK Council of Music Makers (CMM) which includes BASCA, FAC, MMF, MPG and the MU.

“Like YouTube, they have lobbied negotiators hard without consulting or informing the creative community. Heavy-handed tactics of heavyweight businesses.”

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Report 419: The 40 Trends of 2018

“May you live in interesting times,” runs the old Chinese curse. The music industry has certainly done that, through the last two decades of digital disruption. Typical to form, 2018 was very interesting indeed. For our review of the year, we’ve picked the 40 trends that shaped 2018 for our industry. Spotify adapted to life […]

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Artists and music bodies say Brexit is ‘significant threat’ to UK music industry

As Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels to seek more concessions over the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the European Union, a group of artists and music-industry bodies has come out strongly against Brexit’s potential impact on British musicians.

Paloma Faith, Annie Lennox, Chrissie Hynde, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Jamie Cullum, Nadine Shah, Blur’s Dave Rowntree, Nitin Sawhney and Billy Bragg are among the artists signing a letter calling on the British government to find an ‘alternative to Brexit’.

Music companies including Beggars Group and Kilimanjaro Live have also signed the letter, alongside industry bodies including AIM, the MMF, the Musicians Union, the Featured Artists Coalition and the Music Producers Guild.