The Presidents of the EPC (European Publishers Council), the EMMA (European Magazine Media Association), the ENPA (European Newspaper Publishers’ Association) and Vice-President of NME (News Media Europe) have called on the leaders of the European Conservatives and Reformists (MEP Syed Kamall), the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (MEP Udo Bullman), the European People’s Party (MEP Manfred Weber) and the The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (MEP Guy Verhofstadt) to vote in favour of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market in the next plenary at the end of March.
This is a historical opportunity. Without a clear legal protection of press publishers’ content such as proposed in Article 11, the sustainability of independent press and professional journalism is at risk, which is why the European legislature needs to redress the existing imbalance in the online ecosystem.
The Press sector, together with different actors of our rich European cultural ecosystem (authors, composers, writers, journalists, photographers, book, and music publishers, audiovisual and independent music producers among others) are calling on the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
The text agreed in trilogue and subject to the plenary vote addresses all the concerns raised during the debate:
• the hyperlink is safe: it is excluded from the scope of the Publisher’s Right and always was.
• the non-commercial use by individual users of press publications will not be affected: they will still be able to link and share articles with friends and family as before.
• journalists will benefit from the right: they will get a share of the revenues.
• individual words or very short extracts of press publications are excluded: they are free to use, including commercially.
• there will be no censorship of the Internet or of upload platforms, instead, platforms ought to conclude licence agreements on content uploaded by users, which should authorise user actions and provide legal certainty.
• Article 13 even increases the opportunities for third parties to upload copyrighted works as it includes explicit exceptions such as the right of quotation, an obligation to provide information on cooperation between platforms and right holders and the introduction of a fast and effective complaints mechanism that deals with the unlawful blocking of uploaded content. We would be delighted to meet with you at your convenience to discuss our points further. We hope we can count on your support and political leadership to support the digital future of the free and independent press in Europe by adopting the Copyright Directive. Thank you for your consideration.