Copyright Directive: historic victory for creators and European democracy

Tues­day 26 March - After three years of dis­cus­sion, and despite a mas­sive mis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paign orches­trat­ed by tech giants, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment has just adopt­ed the Copy­right Directive.

Anders Lassen, Pres­i­dent of GESAC, said: “This is an unprece­dent­ed vic­to­ry for Euro­pean cre­ators, who will now be able to exer­cise their rights and receive fair remu­ner­a­tion from plat­forms such as YouTube. Europe is adopt­ing a bal­anced reg­u­la­tion that will allow the devel­op­ment of the Euro­pean dig­i­tal econ­o­my hand-in-hand with the cre­ative sector.”

Véronique Des­bross­es, GESAC’s Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, added: “We are extreme­ly grate­ful to the MEPs that have vot­ed for cul­ture and fair­ness in the dig­i­tal econ­o­my. This was not only a cru­cial deci­sion for cre­ators and our sec­tor, but also sent a strong mes­sage to cit­i­zens that tac­tics of intim­i­da­tion and manip­u­la­tion from a hand­ful of giant com­pa­nies will not be allowed to influ­ence Euro­pean pol­i­cy mak­ing. Many have con­tributed to the suc­cess of this direc­tive, how­ev­er the tire­less work of MEPs such as Mr Cava­da, Ms Tru­pel, Mr Voss, Ms Berès, Mr Ehler, Ms Roz­ière, Mr Joulaud and Ms Cos­ta deserves to be sin­gled out for applause.”


GESAC groups 32 of the largest authors’ soci­eties in the Euro­pean Union, Ice­land, Nor­way and Switzer­land. They defend and pro­mote the rights of more than 1 mil­lion cre­ators and rights hold­ers in the areas of music, audio­vi­su­al works, visu­al arts, and lit­er­ary and dra­mat­ic works.