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Copyright: EU-Parliament sees need for more discussion

In today’s vote on copyright a small majority of European parliamentarians has chosen not yet to start negotiations with the Council and the Commission. The recommendations of the Committee on Legal Affairs should be discussed again in September.

‘Today is a bad day for Europe’s culture and creative industries’, comments the CEO of GEMA, Dr. Harald Heker. ‘The decision of the European Parliament weakens the position of all creators. An unprecedented disinformation campaign has caused confusion and torn down the cultural value system.’

In the run-up to the vote, over 70 associations from the culture and media industries had appealed to European parliamentarians to support the recommendations of the Committee on Legal Affairs. A dangerous economic misalignment has been created on the Internet – at the expense of creators. The wide alliance of over 70 associations from the culture and media industries highlights the urgent need for political action.

Recently some 37,000 creators had taken part in the Make the Internet Fair petition. In the context of the imminent reform, they called together for the EU institutions to hold online platforms to account and remunerate creative services fairly.

It is expected that the European Parliament will resume discussions in September on the recommendations of the Committee for Legal Affairs. In May, the EU member states had in a common position agreed for further negotiations and a clarification of the copyright responsibility of online platforms.

GEMA represents the copyrights of more than 72,000 members (composers, lyricists and music publishers) in Germany, and more than two million copyright owners globally. It is one of the largest societies for authors of musical works in the world. Since 2007, GEMA has been represented in Brussels via a liaison office.

Further links
Petition of the creators: www.MakeInternetFair.eu
Pages relating to the copyright reform on gema-politik.de
Position of the EU member states (May 2018)
Opinion of the German government in relation to Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive

Press Contact:
Ursula Goebel, Communications Director
E-Mail: ugoebel@gema.de, Phone: +49 89 48003-426

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