Robert Ashcroft statement: EU Copyright Directive vote passes
PRS for Music CEO welcomes positive result
After years of debate, working alongside our industry partners to emphasise the importance of protecting creators’ intellectual property, the European Parliament has passed the final Copyright Directive text to update copyright laws for the digital age.
This is about creating a fair and functioning market for creative works of all kinds on the Internet. It’s about making sure that ordinary people can upload videos and music to platforms like YouTube without being held liable for copyright – that responsibility will henceforth be transferred to the platforms.
This is about modernising the Internet and it’s a massive step forward for consumers and creators alike.
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.