(CelebrityAccess) The EU copyright reform measures have reportedly been passed and will now go to MEPs for ratification.
The measures passed today amid heavy lobbying from both sides of the vote on the JURI committee of the European Parliament, according to Music Week.
Article 13 of the Copyright Directive would require filtering to prevent copyright infringement or full licenses, Music Week said. Rights holders are hopeful the legislation will fix the value gap surrounding user-generated content on video streaming sites like YouTube.
“This is a strong and unambiguous message sent by the European Parliament. It clarifies what the music sector has been saying for years: if you are in the business of distributing music or other creative works, you need a licence, clear and simple. It’s time for the digital market to catch up with progress” said Helen Smith, executive hair of IMPALA, the UK”s independent music companies association.
CISAC director-general Gadi Oron welcomed the vote, which he said would “bring more fairness to the creative community in the digital market,” according to Music Week.