25 January 2019
Following the failed Council vote last week, debates have intensified on article 13 from rightsholders and platforms alike.
John Phelan, Director General of ICMP (representing, amongst others, Sony and Warner/Chappell) spoke via Music Business Worldwide on the need for a “clear solution to the Value Gap” rather than an “unclear final stab at it”. Agreeing that the Romanian Presidency’s version of the draft Directive was “desperately deficient”, Phelan is still hopeful that a majority of supporters are behind the introduction of article 13. Throughout, Phelan refers to objectors of the new proposals as “anti-copyright”.
Elsewhere, Scottish author Ken MacLeod, released a statement via Medium stating his opposition to article 13 which he describes as “[d]rafted with scary imprecision”:
“The European Parliament would do well to ditch the offending articles, leave creators and publishers to deal with egregious rip-offs of their work, and leave the rest of us to meme and link and parody and remix as we please.”