UK will not implement EU Copyright Directive post-Brexit: ISM statement

The Government has announced its intention not to implement the EU Copyright Directive post-Brexit.

Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore announced the decision on Friday (24 January) in a written parliamentary question exchange, responding to a question from Jo Stevens (MP for Cardiff Central).

He responded: ‘The deadline for implementing the EU Copyright Directive is 7 June 2021. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 31 January 2020 and the Implementation Period will end on 31 December 2020. The Government has committed not to extend the Implementation Period. Therefore, the United Kingdom will not be required to implement the Directive, and the Government has no plans to do so. Any future changes to the UK copyright framework will be considered as part of the usual domestic policy process.’

EU member states have until 7 June 2021 to implement the new reforms – after the UK has left the EU.

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


‘The ISM is disappointed by the Government’s decision to not implement the EU Copyright Directive. This Directive is a crucial update to copyright legislation which would give artists including musicians their rightful payment and protect their work. As outlined in the ISM Manifesto for Musicians, the Government must either enshrine and implement the Directive or introduce comparable legislation.

Artists are vital contributors to culture and deserve clear and fair remuneration for their work and to benefit from the same protections afforded to artists in Europe. We urge the Government to rethink their decision.’

About the ISM

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, we have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession. We support approximately 10,000 musicians across the UK and Ireland with our unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services. Our members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds. We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We are a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no political affiliation. This independence allows us the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.