Make the internet fair

Have your say on ‘making the internet fair’ for creators

Calling all music creators - have your say in a petition urging the European Union to do more to ensure copyright legislation protects you.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 5 Jun 2017
  • min read
Music creators are being urged to sign a new petition calling on the European Union (EU) to take more action to ensure copyright legislation protects their interests.

The initiative was launched as part the Meet the Authors event held in Brussels on 30 May.

Songwriter Fiona Bevan, BASCA’s Crispin Hunt and PRS for Music deputy chairman Simon Darlow were among the 60 creators and composers to put their names to the open letter to the EU.

Now organisers are inviting all creators to come together as part of the Make The Internet Fair initiative and back the petition. This urges the authorities to fix the value gap so creators are remunerated by all online platforms for the use of their music.

The website states: ‘While the European Commission heard your voice last summer and proposed a balanced copyright legislation, the European Parliament and the council (the member states) are likely to change it for the worse.

‘Now is the time to make your voice heard in Brussels so that the new copyright legislation protects your interests, and not just that of internet giants.’

The letter asks the authorities to clarify how User Uploaded Content (UUC) platforms like YouTube are involved in reproducing and making works available under copyright laws as well as ensuring safe-harbour legislation does not apply to such platforms.

Visit the Make the Internet Fair website to sign the petition.

Read our recent interview with PRS for Music chief executive Robert Ashcroft on the challenge of fixing the value gap.