Musicians voice support for EU copyright law

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on NOV 16, 2018

Paul McCartney, James Blunt, Placido Domingo, and approximately 1,300 other artists have signed an open letter to the European Parliament in support of a controversial copyright law.

Paul McCartney, James Blunt, Placido Domingo, and approximately 1,300 other artists have signed an open letter to the European Parliament in support of a controversial copyright law,according toThe Hollywood Reporter.

The EU Copyright Directive, on which there will be a vote on Thursday, would force online platforms like Google and Facebook to use filters that block copyright-protected material from being uploaded. Sites would also be required to pay publishers for excerpts or links to news stories.
Opponents of the legislation argue that the law could create drastic, unwelcome changes to the way the internet is used in Europe.

However, the law has widespread support within Europe's creative community. Many artists view it as a strong step towards protecting art from piracy and exploitation.

In a letter to Parliament, McCartney wrote that there is a gap between the revenue online platforms receive from using copyrighted music and the amount of money the music's creators then receive. He believes the Copyright Directive would "help assure a sustainable future for the music ecosystem and its creators, fans and digital music services alike."

IFPI, an international recording industry group, has organized a campaign to convince legislators to back the new law

 

 

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