Write to your MP about the EU copyright directive

Dear {Your MP name}

As a musician and one of your constituents, I am writing to you because I am extremely concerned about the Government's decision not to implement the new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (EU Copyright Directive).

The directive is an essential piece of legislation that updates copyright laws, making them fit for the 21st Century and protecting creators throughout the European Union. Due to the increased digitisation of creative content, musicians need greater protection against copyright infringement, ensuring that our livelihoods are protected. Directive Article 17 is especially important as it introduces provisions to ensure that online content sharing providers take greater responsibility for the content they host and take action in instances of copyright infringement.

It is essential that the UK introduces its own Copyright Directive which closely resembles the one introduced by the EU as a matter of urgency. UK-based musicians and other creatives should not be made to wait any longer for this long-overdue legislation.

At the moment there are many obstacles in the path of our music community which will severely damage not just our livelihoods but also the music sector. I am asking you to pledge to ensuring that the music sector and musicians are protected and ask ministerial colleagues about the issues detailed above.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely

{Your name}