MUSIC TO YOUTUBE’S EARS: ARTICLE 13 IN DISARRAY AS EUROPEAN COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE STALLS

Just four months ago, the music industry was claiming a major legislative victory over YouTube in Europe.

The European Parliament voted through a draft version of the new European Copyright Directive in September last year, complete with the controversial Article 13 provision – which aims to force user-upload services to face legal responsibility for copyright infringement on their platforms.

Making matters worse, on Friday (January 18), Europe delivered another major blow to the music industry’s hopes.

Member states of the EU were due to gather in Romania to approve the latest draft version of the Directive, but, instead, eleven countries reportedly voted against it – many citing concerns over Article 13, as well as the similarly contentious clause, Article 11 (dubbed the ‘link tax’ provision).

The Directive’s scheduled approval was outright cancelled as a result. If a compromise on a new draft can’t be found before the end of February, however, the legislation faces an uncertain fate, and could even possibly be scrapped. (Article MBI : https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/music-to-youtubes-ears-article-13-in-trouble-as-european-copyright-directive-progress-stalls/

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