Creators' Rights Fight
Creators’ Rights Fight is about securing a copyright regime fit for the digital age. One which protects creators.
Article 13 of the proposed copyright directive would give creators both better control over their works and the opportunity to receive proper remuneration. Equally, it will provide legal certainty for users and platforms as to when a licence is required and to what extent they are required to block unlicensed content. The continuation of the current legal uncertainty, alongside the cumbersome and costly existing take down mechanism, are in no-one’s best interests. Why does this matter?...
The cultural and creative industries are worth over €530 billion to the EU economy and represent over 7 million jobs. Digital consumption is the fast-growing part of our sectors.
While creative industries, such as the music industry, have adapted to meet the demands of the online market, legal uncertainty is undermining the value of creative content. In fact, it has created a transfer of value away from the creators to the platforms.
The ‘transfer of value’ or ‘value gap’, is the process by which the value of works has been transferred away from the creators to the online platforms who have built their businesses on the exploitation of creative works, hosting and monetising them while paying only minimal royalties to the writer, or refusing to pay at all. This has only been made possible because existing law is ambiguous, and case law conflicting, which has allowed some platforms to wrongly claim they aren’t liable for copyright.
The proposed Article 13 will provide much need legal clarity for everyone. Importantly it clarifies when platforms need to get a licence, provides mechanisms for users to be licensed through the platform and put in place appropriate and agreed mechanisms to prevent the availability of unlicensed content.
Creators aren’t asking for anything new, they are merely asking to be able to effectively enforce their copyright in the digital world, so that they can be paid fairly when someone is making money from then use of their work.
It is not a matter of stopping people from using their works but rather making sure that they can also benefit from the fruits of their hard work.
Watch these films featuring PRS members to learn more about the role of the songwriter and reality of making a living by making music in the digital world.