EUROPE (CelebrityAccess) A collective of European creative industry businesses and rightsholders, including several music organizations are asking negotiators to halt proceedings on the European Copyright Directive, claiming the current text “no longer meets these [originally agreed] objectives, not only in respect of any one article, but as a whole.”
Music organizations include the International Confederation of Music Publishers, International Federation of Phonographic Industry and Independent Music Companies Association believe the copyright directive grants too large a concession to technology companies, according to IQ magazine.
The organizations say that “no directive at all” is preferabe to a “bad directive.” Lastt month, lawmakers canceled an approval meeting for the directive as the European Council failed to reach an aggrement on Article 13. The most recent amendments are the result of a compromise between France and Germany, IQ said.
“The key aims of the original draft Directive were to create a level playing field in the online Digital Single Market and strengthen the ability of European rightsholders to create and invest in new and diverse content across Europe,” the statement says. “Far from leveling the playing field, the proposed approach would cause serious harm by not only failing to meet its objectives, but actually risking leaving European producers, distributors and creators worse off.”