What is the copyright EU reform about?

In a nutshell, the new European Copyright Directive is about making copyright fair and sustainable for all. 

Copyright reform is a fundamental part of this general desire to see more balance in the online world, and also to create new provisions for artists and writers in their relations with labels and publishers. It also tackles news online with a new right for press publishers.

We embrace the fact that creators and citizens enjoy a unique relationship online. We also embrace the fact that posting and sharing user-generated content is part of our daily life online. At the same time, we need to rewrite certain rules of engagement online because some large platforms claim that responsibility lies only with the user and the owner of the content, and that can’t be right. You can find here a FAQ on the copyright directive: IMPALA - Copyright Directive FAQs - March 2019.pdf

This is not just a call from the music industry, 80% of Europeans want the EU to ensure creators are properly paid. 

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament approved the copyright directive in a landmark vote. You can find the European Commission's press release here.

Over 300 organisations across all cultural sectors asked the parliament to vote in favour, with a joint campaign #Yes2copyright.  Following the previous parliament vote in September 2018, anti-copyright pressure was intense. One example is YouTube using its own network and advertising to influence public opinion. An open letter was sent to YouTube's CEO about this. It asked YouTube to allow Europe For Creators to message YouTubers and place banner ads, in the same way YouTube has done. 

After the vote, IMPALA wrote to all parliamentarians thanking them for their participation. IMPALA also thanked its members and their artists and managers for taking a stance in difficult circumstances. 

On 15th April 2019, the Member States reconfirmed their approval of the text, thus ending the legislative process at EU level. Here is the statement from the European Commission.

The Directive was published in the EU's official journal on 17 May, you can find it here. Member states have until 7 June 2021 to transpose it into their national laws.

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Here are some infographics that explain our views on the directive.

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The screen never lies: IMPALA's Helen Smith on the Copyright Directive victory