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European vote a win for music creators worldwide

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APRA AMCOS applauds the European Parliament’s historic vote yesterday for a new Copyright Directive as a major win for music creators and innovation in the cultural industries.

"The European vote is a win not just for music creators, but for any creator who entertains, educates and develops the stories and sounds that are so important to the lives of anyone who values culture," said Dean Ormston, CEO APRA AMCOS.

APRA AMCOS, which sits on the board of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), represents 100,000 songwriter, composer and publishers across Australia and New Zealand that includes the very best and brightest of established and emerging musical talent at home and around the globe.

The European Parliament voted to pass the much-debated Article 13 Copyright Directive for the Digital Single Market by 438 votes to 226 with 39 abstaining. Both creators and technology platforms have been lobbying key members of the European Parliament over recent months around the vote.

"This vote shows it is becoming clear to legislators around the world that music and the cultural sector deserve a digital world that is fair and fosters cultural innovation," Mr Ormston said.

"Just this year, the Australian Government refused the technology sector’s request to expand Australia’s copyright safe harbour in a way that would have protected online services, such as social media platforms and online marketplaces, who derive a commercial benefit from their use of music and other creative content. The Australian Government and the European Parliament have both rightly decided that commercial online services that feature music need a licence, not a copyright safe harbour.

"Similarly, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also established an ambition for New Zealand to become a net exporter of music as it reviews copyright and quotas for local music on broadcast and streaming platforms.

"APRA AMCOS continues to work closely with the Australian and New Zealand Governments to ensure the modernisation of the copyright framework that has supported hundreds of thousands of creators, will foster the next generation of music creators so we can continue to build the music powerhouses of the future," Mr Ormston said.

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