This week, a group of organizations representing creatives in Europe across music, sports, entertainment, and broadcasting industries said they “are not able to support [the Directive] or the impact it will have on the European creative sector”.

The statement issued by the organization states that the proposed approach Article 13 pursues would fail to meet its true objective and cause harm to creatives all across Europe.

“Despite our constant commitment in the last two years to finding a viable solution, and having proposed many positive alternatives, the text – as currently drafted and on the table – no longer meets these objectives, not only in respect of any one article, but as a whole,” says the letter.

“As rightsholders we are not able to support it or the impact it will have on the European creative sector.”

Last year, Parliament drafted a version of the European Copyright Directive that included the Article 13 provision- which aimed to hold Youtube and other content platforms legally responsible for any copyright infringements. This would affect fan-made content, parodies, remixes, response videos, and more.

It appears content platforms, and creators, are in the clear for now. While music rights organizations want to protect their creatives as much as possible, it could be awhile before they and Parliament agree on fair legislation.

You can read the full letter the organizations submitted below:

We are writing as a group of rightsholders representing the music, audio-visual, broadcasting and sports industries, regarding the direction of travel for the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

The key aims of the original draft Directive were to create a level playing field in the online Digital Single Market and strengthen the ability of European rightsholders to create and invest in new and diverse content across Europe.

Despite our constant commitment in the last two years to finding a viable solution, and having proposed many positive alternatives, the text – as currently drafted and on the table – no longer meets these objectives, not only in respect of any one article, but as a whole. As rightsholders we are not able to support it or the impact it will have on the European creative sector.

We appreciate the efforts made by several parties to attempt to achieve a good compromise in the long negotiations of recent months. Nevertheless, the outcome of these negotiations in several of the Council discussions has been to produce a text which contains elements which fundamentally go against copyright principles enshrined in EU and international copyright law.

Far from levelling the playing field, the proposed approach would cause serious harm by not only failing to meet its objectives, but actually risking leaving European producers, distributors and creators worse off.

Regrettably, under these conditions we would rather have no Directive at all than a bad Directive. We therefore call on negotiators to not proceed on the basis of the latest proposals from the Council.

Yours sincerely, the undersigned.

ACT – Association of Commercial Television in Europe*

AKTV – Czech Association of Commercial Television

DFL – German Football League

ICMP – The Global Voice of Music Publishing

IFPI – Representing the Recording Industry Worldwide

IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association

La Liga – The Spanish Football League

Mediapro – Independent Production Company

The Premier League – The English Football League

Związek Pracodawców Prywatnych Mediów – Polish Union of Private Media Employers, Lewiatan