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Launch of #LoveMusic Campaign Ahead of Key Copyright Directive Vote on 12 September

September 12 will see a crucial vote on the EU Copyright Directive, which aims to update current legislation and address the balance between billion-pound content platforms, and the meagre profit passed on to the content creators.

12 September will see a crucial vote on the EU Copyright Directive, which aims to update current legislation and address the balance between billion-pound content platforms, and the meagre profit passed on to the content creators.

MU members may be aware that a recent vote on the proposed EU Copyright Directive was lost. This was in part due to high-profile lobbying from Google, Wikipedia and other major tech companies who say it will affect their services.

There will now be a further vote on 12 September, so we must act fast.

It is essential that musicians and music supporters fight for a fairer deal for everyone in the UK music industry by getting behind the #LoveMusic campaign – combatting the false claims that are being spread by the major tech firms who stand to benefit.

Why #LoveMusic needs your support

Assistant General Secretary Naomi Pohl explains why fast action to support the #LoveMusic campaign is crucial:

“If you make music or simply love music, the UK’s music industry needs your support now.

“The UK music industry, including musicians, songwriters and producers, as well as record labels and music publishers, are united in their support for the directive. It contains various important elements that would benefit creators as well as the wider industry.

“Major tech firms used their enormous financial clout to influence MEPs and worry users of the internet but their claims that the internet would suffer in the wake of the directive being passed were merely a smoke screen.

“Actually, the directive is about ensuring that copyright material is licensed and paid for properly by platforms that host content, not by individual users – and also that performers and creators are given better contractual terms and full transparency in royalty accounting.”

Act now for a fairer digital deal

UK Music are calling on musicians and music lovers to sign their petition and pass the message on over social media using #LoveMusic.

Find out more about the campaign and how you can support it.


Published: 28/08/2018

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