Overnight, the European Parliament held a historic vote and passed a new Copyright Directive for the Digital Single Market which aims to compensate artists and creators.
APRA AMCOS has just released a statement applauding the vote with CEO Dean Ormston saying, "The European vote is a win not just for music creators, but for any creator who entertains, educates and develops the stories and sounds that are so important to the lives of anyone who values culture."
“This vote shows it is becoming clear to legislators around the world that music and the cultural sector deserve a digital world that is fair and fosters cultural innovation,” he said.
“Just this year, the Australian Government refused the technology sector’s request to expand Australia’s copyright safe harbour in a way that would have protected online services, such as social media platforms and online marketplaces, who derive a commercial benefit from their use of music and other creative content. The Australian Government and the European Parliament have both rightly decided that commercial online services that feature music need a licence, not a copyright safe harbour.
“Similarly, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also established an ambition for New Zealand to become a net exporter of music as it reviews copyright and quotas for local music on broadcast and streaming platforms.
“APRA AMCOS continues to work closely with the Australian and New Zealand Governments to ensure the modernisation of the copyright framework that has supported hundreds of thousands of creators, will foster the next generation of music creators so we can continue to build the music powerhouses of the future."
The European Parliament voted by 438 to 226 to pass the law with 39 abstaining.