Brussels, 5 March 2019 - ICMP has worked actively with European lawmakers to achieve a Copyright Directive that establishes a level playing field for music licensing and that is fair and beneficial for all songwriters, performers, publishers and labels as well as our digital partners. We acknowledge and appreciate the great efforts of everyone supporting us in what has been a long and fierce debate.

While the final text contains numerous compromises, it is a step in the right direction - especially as Article 13 confirms a clear liability of online services for content on their platforms and requires them to obtain licenses from rightsholders. 

We therefore call on the Members of the European Parliament to adopt the proposed Copyright Directive.

Thereafter ICMP will continue its work during the implementation process in individual member states to ensure that the original objectives of the Directive are achieved for the benefit of creators and the whole music publishing community.