EU Copyright Directive Reaches Conclusion at Trilogue Negotiations

March 12, 2019

IMRO has campaigned vigorously for the past number of years to achieve fairer remuneration for the creative community in the online environment. We welcome the agreement reached in trilogue discussions between the European institutions on the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market. The Directive sets out an important principle of fair and proportionate remuneration for authors for the online use of their works.

Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said, “This is a hugely welcome result for the valuing of creativity across Europe. Creators including our over 12,000 IMRO members have been waiting for this outcome, a strong signal from our policy-makers that the system, in recognising opportunities with technology, at the same time values culture, values creative work, and values creators. While the text requires final review, we hope that we will now move towards its speedy adoption”

Eleanor McEvoy, Chair, IMRO said, “Creativity matters. Culture matters. Music matters. The political system agrees. This agreement sends a message across Europe that as we advance technologically, as we build our economies and societies together, creativity is at the heart. We are thankful to policy-makers who have been standing up for creativity in the negotiations so far, and we look forward to engaging further as the process is finalised.”

CISAC Director-General Gadi Oron said: “The agreement in the trilogue is an important step forward to rebalance the digital market and move towards fairer remuneration for creators of all repertoires. This is a welcome outcome from a process that has taken three years of intense work and negotiation, and we hope that EU institutions will now formally adopt the directive without further delay.”

The Final Plenary vote in the European Parliament will take place between March 27 and April 18, 2019.

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