30 organisations representing authors, composers, writers, journalists, photographers and others working in all artistic fields, news agencies, book, press and music publishers, audiovisual and independent music producers, have co-signed a statement calling on the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to adopt the proposed EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.
“This Directive has been long sought to create a much-needed level playing field for all actors of the creative sector in the European Digital Single Market, whilst giving citizens better access to a wider array of content (…)”, reads the statement, underlining that it is a “historical opportunity”. The signatories also stress the need for an internet that is fair and sustainable for everyone and urge policymakers to adopt the Directive quickly, as agreed in the Inter-Institutional (“trilogue”) negotiations. The letter is available here.
In a positive step forward this afternoon, the Council announced that EU Member States’ representatives had voted to endorse the trilogue deal on the Directive. It is hoped that the final vote by the European Parliament, expected in March or April, will result in the adoption of the Directive. Once confirmed and published, Member States will have 24 months to transpose the text into national legislation.