UK Music urges MEPs to support Copyright Directive

Following the JURI vote of 20 June, UK Music (a British campaigning and lobbying group for the music industry) has urged British MEPs to support the copyright reform at the plenary vote of 4 July. A statement by the CEO, Michael Dugher, expressed concerns about the alleged “value gap” and claimed that online service providers, such as YouTube, “fundamentally  den[y] music creators, and those that invest in them, fair financial rewards”. Further support, particularly for Article 13, has been expressed by Crispin Hunt, Chair of the British Association of Composers, Songwriters and Authors, who states that “Article 13’s critics are relying wholly on an ability to weave narrative that has no relationship to fact”.