Brussels, 26th June 2018, updated on 4th July 2018



We represent 4.5% of EU GDP and 12 million European jobs. We are the heart and soul of Europe’s plurality and rich identities. On July 5 we ask for you to back the mandate adopted by JURI on 20 June which is the result of long and intense negotiations. There is a cynical campaign from tech companies flooding the inboxes of MEPs with scaremongering that the copyright directive would be the end of the internet. Please note that this is the 20th anniversary of their first claim that copyright provisions would break the internet. This has never happened.


List of signatories

1. Abbro (Association of Bulgarian Broadcasters)

2. ACT (Association of Commercial television in Europe)

3. Adagp (Société des Auteurs dans les Arts graphiques et plastiques)

4. AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires)

5. AIM (Association of Independent Music) 

6. AIPA (Collecting Society of Authors, Performers and Film Producers of Audiovisual Works of Slovenia)    

7. Akka Laa (Latvijas Autoru apvienība)    

8. AKM (Austrian Performing Rights Society for composers, lyricists and music publishers)                        

9. AMEI (Associao de Musicos Artistas e Editoras Independentes)                                    

10. ANICA (Associazione Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche Audiovisive Multimediali)

11. ARCA (Asociatia Romana de Comunicatii Audiovizuale)

12. Artisjus (Hungarian association of music composers, songwriters, authors, writers, poets and music publishers)

13. Audiocoop (Independent Labels Meeting) 

14. Austro mechana (Verwertungsgesellschaften der Komponisten, Musiktextautoren und Musikverleger in Österreich)

15. Belgium Music Publishers Association                                          

16. BIMA (Belgian Independent Music Association)                                                  

17. Bonnier Broadcasting

18. Buma/Stemra (Dutch collecting society for composers and music publishers)

19. Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V. 

20. Canadian Music Publishers Association                   

21. Canal+                                                

22. CEDC (European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity)

23. CEPI (European Coordination of Independent Producers)

24. CEPIC (Centre of the Picture Industry)

25. CIAGP (International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic and Photographic Arts)

26. CIAM (International Council Of Music Authors)

27. CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers)

28. Chambre Syndicale des Editeurs de Musique de France       

29. Confindustria Radio Televisioni  

30. CW! (Creativity Works!)  

31. DACIN SARA (Copyright in Cinematography and Audiovisual Society of Romanian Authors for Audiovisual Works)

32. DAMA (Derechos de Autor de Medios Audiovisuales)

33. Directors UK (professional association of UK screen directors)

34. Discovery                                          

35. DUP (Danish Independent Record Association)    

36. EAU (Estonian author’s society/Eesti Autorite Ühing)    

37. ECA (European Choral Association)                                  

38. ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance)

39. EIBF (European and International Booksellers Federation)

40. ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts)

41. EMC (European Music Council)                   

42. EMEE (European Music Exporters Exchange)          

43. EMMA (European Magazine Media Association)

44. ENPA (European Newspaper Publishers’ Association)

45. EPC (European Producers Club)

46. EPC (European Publishers Council)             

47. ETC (European Theatre Convention)          

48. Eurocinema (Association de Producteurs de Cinéma et de Télévision)

49. Europavox

50. European Leagues                                          

51. FEJ (Federation of European Journalists)

52. EVA (European Visual Artists)                       

53. FAC (Featured Artists Coalition)                                                

54. FAMA (Film and Music Austria)                    

55. Fedicine (Federación de Distribuidores Cinematográficos) 

56. FEP (Federation of European Publishers)   

57. FIAD (International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations)

58. FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations)

59. FONO (Association for Norwegian Record Companies)

60. GAM (Guild of Artists of Music)   

61. GAU (Groep Algemene Uitgevers) 

62. GEMA (Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte)                                

63. Gesac (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers)

64. HDS ZAMP (Croatian Composers’ Society – Collective Management Society)

65. Holtzbrinck Buchverlage

66. HUNGART (Collecting Society of Hungarian Creative Artists)

67. IAO (International Artist Organisation)      

68. ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers)

69. IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry)

70. IFRRO (International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations)

71. IFTA (Independent Film and Television Alliance)

72. IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association)

73. IMPF (Independent Music Publishers International Forum)

74. INDIECO (Finnish indie labels and producers association) 

75. INDIESUISSE (Association of Swiss Independent Music Labels and Producers)  

76. Initiative Urheberrecht                                                      

77. IFJ (International Federation of Journalists)

78. IPA (International Publishers Association)

79. IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation)

80. IVF (International Video Federation – Publishers of Audiovisual Content on Digital Media and Online)        

81. KEA

82. KODA (Collecting society for songwriters, composers and music publishers of Denmark)

83. LATGA (Lithuanian Copyright Society)   

84. Librius (Rights management for the Flemish book industry)                         

85. Mediapro                                                         

86. Mediaset España

87. MPA (Motion Picture Association) 

88. Musikförläggarna (The Swedish Music Publishers Association)

89. National Music Publishers Association                        

90. News Media Europe 

91. Norwaco (Union for rights holders in audiovisual works in Norway)

92. OSA (Ochranný svaz autorský pro práva k dílům hudebním) 

93.  OTM (On The Move)                       

94. PMI (Produttori Musicali Indipendenti)

95. Polish Music Publishers Association

96. PPA (Professional Publishers Association)   

97. Princípia Editora

98. PRS for Music

99. Pyramide Europe (Photographers associations in Europe)

100. Res Artis (Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies)                          

101. Rowolt

102. SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors)

103. SABAM (Société d’Auteurs Belge – Belgische Auteurs Maatschappij)            

104. SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques)

105. Sacem (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique)

106. Sacem Luxembourg

107. Scam (Société civile des auteurs multimédia)

108. SDRM (Société pour l’administration du droit de reproduction mécanique des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs)


110. Sgae (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores)

111. SIAE (Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori)

112. Sky  

113. Sne (Syndicat national de l’édition)                                          

114. SOM (Svenska Oberoende Musikproducenter 

115. Sony Music    

116. SOZA (Slovak Performing Rights Society)

117. SPA (Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores)

118. SPIO (Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft (Association of the German Film Industry))

119. SPQN (Syndicat de la Presse Quotidienne Nationale)

120. STEF  

121. STIM (Swedish Performing Rights Society)

122. STM                                                    

123. STOMP (Stichting onafhankelijke muziek producenten)       

124. Stowarzyszenie Kreatywna Polska (Creative Poland Association)                                  

125. Stowarzyszenie Sygnał (Audiovisual Association for the protection of Intellectual Property Rights)

126. Suisa (Collecting society for Swiss songwriters)

127. Teosto (Finnish Composers’ Copyright Society)

128. TF1 

129. TONO (Norwegian collection society/performing rights organization)                                                 

130. TVN                                            

131. UFI (Union Fonogragrafica Independiente)                                           

132. UNIC (International Union of Cinemas)     

133. Universal Music Group                   

134. UPFI (Union des Producteurs Phonographiques Francais Independants)   

135. Uitgeverij Vrijdag                                               

136. VAP (Anti-piracy group for film and video in Austria)

137. VAUNET (Association of Commercial Broadcasters and Audiovisual Services in Germany)

138. VdFS (Verwertungsgesellschaft der Filmschaffenden)

139. Vivendi

140. VÖP (Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Austria)

141. VTMOE (Austrian Association of Independent Music)                                                      

142. VUT (German Association of Independent Music Companies)                                                      

143. Warner Music Group  

144. W&DW (Writers & Directors Worldwide)                                 

145. Yourope (European Festival Association)

146. ZAiKS (Polish Society of Authors and Composers)


IMPALA was established in April 2000 to represent European independent music companies. 99% of Europe’s music companies are 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 and account for 80% of the sector’s jobs (for more information, see the features of independents). IMPALA’s mission is to grow the independent music sector, return more value to artists, promote cultural diversity and entrepreneurship, improve political access and modernise perceptions of the music sector. See the organisation’s key achievements in IMPALA’s milestones.

IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association

Rue des Deux Eglises 37-39, 1000, Brussels, BELGIUM

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