PRS for Music statement on today's EU Copyright Directive vote
PRS for Music Chief Executive Robert Ashcroft calls today's result "a bold step forward"
Today, MEPs voted to pass Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive. The EU Copyright Directive will now go to trilogue with the European Union Council, Commission and Parliament to negotiate a final text for passage into law.
Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive of PRS for Music, said: “The European Parliament today took a bold step forward to ensure a functioning and sustainable digital single market for creative content. PRS for Music has fought from the beginning for digital services to pay all creators fairly for the content they use. Today’s vote was a ringing endorsement of our work and that of our colleagues in the industry over the last five years.
“We began this process in 2014 with the paper ‘Is copyright law fit for purpose in the internet era’ and it has taken a huge amount of effort and work to get to the positive outcome reached today. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this process and stood with us in our fight for the rights of creators.”
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 155,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in the UK and around the world. On behalf of its members, it works to grow and protect the value of their rights and ensure that creators are paid transparently and efficiently whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2020, 22.4 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music, with £699m paid out in royalties to its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.
PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.