27 June 2018
Initiated by Impala (an independent music companies association), 84 music organisations have expressed their support for the Copyright Directive, and have asked MEPs to pass the legislation at the plenary vote of 5 July. In their call to MEPs, the organisations accuse tech companies of “scaremongering” about the potential impact of the reform, and instead urge the adoption of the legislation to ensure a “fair and sustainable [internet] for all”. This call comes amidst several high-profile shows of support from musicians such as Billy Bragg and James Blunt. Musician Paul McCartney has also issued a letter in support of the reform, detailing that “the value gap jeopardises the music ecosystem”.