Brussels, 7th July 2011

European independent music companies welcome ISP copyright collaboration programme in the USA as a model for Europe

It was announced today that a Copyright Alert System has been agreed in the USA between ISPs and the creative industries to deal with copyright infringement online.

IMPALA sees this system as an excellent example of constructive co-operation to protect the work of creators. It continues the positive trend in Europe, where several countries have introduced or are in the process of introducing measures to tackle copyright infringements and/or block infringing websites.  IMPALA also welcomes the move to establish an information centre to educate citizens about the importance of copyright and promote legal ways to obtain music online.

Helen Smith, Executive Chair, said: “If ISPs can deliver in the USA, this should also be possible in Europe. The European Commission has a vital role in brokering a similar agreement with European ISPs, whilst also ensuring an adequate legislative approach to tackle copyright infringement online. The importance of this cannot be underestimated, especially when we consider that 80% of the music released today is produced by micro, small and medium-sized music companies working closely with individual artists.”

For more information on the alert system, please see:

RIAA press release
A2IM press release
IFPI press release

IMPALA was established in April 2000 to represent independent music companies. 99% of Europe’s music companies are small or medium sized entreprises (SMEs). Known as the “independents”, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists - they produce more than 80% of all new releases. SMEs also produce 80% of Europe’s jobs. Their potential is enormous but is hampered by complex barriers to trade and severe market access problems. The impact on diversity, consumer choice and pluralism is clear.
Cultural and creative SMEs are now officially recognised by the EU as “the drivers of growth, job creation and innovation”. IMPALA expects the EC and its member countries to put in place key investment, digital and market access measures. Fostering Europe's economy of culture and diversity is one of the EU's top priorities in becoming the world's leading knowledge economy. Culture is a bigger earner than any of chemicals, automobiles or ICT manufacturing and provides more than 3% of Europe's jobs. IMPALA has its own award schemes to help promote cultural diversity and new talent and highlight the artistic contribution of independent music. IMPALA award winning artists include Efterklang, Adele, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Carla Bruni, Manu Chao, Corneille, Katie Melua, Franz Ferdinand, The Prodigy, Placebo and Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club).
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