12.09.18

AIM Welcomes European Parliament Vote In Favour Of Copyright Reforms

AIM has welcomed the news that The European Parliament has voted to accept the Article 13 digital copyright reforms this afternoon (September 12th).

After a hard-fought campaign, in which AIM was an active participant, MEPs voted to approve the Copyright in the Digital Single Market proposals put forward by German member for the Rhineland Axel Voss by 438 votes for versus 226 against with 39 abstentions.

The next step will be for the Parliament to enter final negotiations with Member States and the European Commission to reach a conclusion, a process which could be completed by the end of the year.

A key component in this vote was the adoption of Article 13, which seeks to put the responsibility on online platforms to police copyright in advance of posting user generated content on their services, either by restricting posts or by obtaining full licenses for copyrighted material.

Paul Pacifico, CEO of AIM said, “It is a great day for culture and music in Europe as the Copyright Directive is adopted by the European Parliament. I would like to thank the MEPs from all parties for their energetic and highly engaged approach to this very sensitive and important legislation that stands to benefit the next generation of music artists and creators online who generate the content we all enjoy.”

“We’d like to thank all of our members who lent their voices in support of the campaign in the build-up to the vote, your actions helped to make a difference.”