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.

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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.

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive of PRS for Music

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2018, 11.2 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £746m collected on behalf of 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 new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music