European Parliament backs copyright changes - ISM statement

The European Parliament has voted in favour of the Copyright Directive, legislation intended to update online copyright laws for the internet age.

The directive was originally rejected by MEPs in July following criticism of two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13. However, in parliament yesterday (12 September), an updated version of the directive was approved, along with amended versions of Articles 11 and 13. The final vote was 438 in favour and 226 against.

The Article 13 provision would mean that digital platforms like YouTube would face legal repercussions for the use of unlicensed music on their platforms, even if that music had been uploaded via user-generated content.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said:

'We are delighted to hear that the EU Parliament has voted in favour of protecting creators' work. The EU Copyright Directive will give musicians their rightful payment and protect their work; musicians are vital contributors to culture and they deserve a clear and fair remuneration for their work. The EU Copyright Directive will modernise the music and online industries and encourage a transparent market where musicians and creators are credited fairly for their work.'