CREATIVE SECTOR CALLS TO APPROVE THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

Brussels, 20 February 2019

IMPALA and organisations from across the cultural and creative sector representing authors, composers, writers, journalists, photographers as well as news agencies, audiovisual producers, book, press and music publishers, have published the following statement calling on EU member states and the European Parliament to adopt the text of the Copyright Directive as agreed in trilogue last week. Read the full letter below.

TIME TO ADOPT THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

We, the undersigned organisations, representing authors, composers, writers, journalists, photographers and others working in all artistic fields, news agencies, book, press and music publishers, audiovisual and independent music producers call on the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

This Directive has been long sought to create a much-needed level playing field for all actors of the creative sector in the European Digital Single Market, whilst giving citizens better access to a wider array of content.

This is a historical opportunity. We need an internet that is fair and sustainable for all. This is why we urge policymakers to adopt the Directive quickly, as agreed in trilogue negotiations. 

SIGNATORIES

BIEM – Bureau international des sociétés gérant les droits d’enregistrement et de reproduction mécanique
CEDC – European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
CEPIC – Centre of the Picture Industry
CIAGP – International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic and Photographic Arts
CIAM -International Council of Music Authors
CISAC – International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers
EANA – European Alliance of News Agencies
ECSA – European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
EFJ – European Federation of Journalists
EIBF – European & International Booksellers Federation
EMC – European Music Council
EMMA – European Magazine Media Association
ENPA – European Newspaper Publishers’ Association
EPC – European Publishers’ Council
Eurocinema – Association de Producteurs de Cinéma et de Télévision
EVA – European Visual Artists
EWC – European Writers’ Council
FEP – Federation of European Publishers
FERA – Federation of European Film Directors
FSE – Federation of Screenwriters in Europe
GESAC – European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
IFRRO – International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations
IMAGO – European Federation of Cinematographers
IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association
IMPF – Independent Music Publishers International Forum
NMC – News Media Coalition
NME – News Media Europe
SAA – Society of Audiovisual Authors
UNI-MEI – Global Union in the Media, Entertainment and Arts
WAN-IFRA – World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers
W&DW – Writers & Directors Worldwide

IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association

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