European Music Societies Slam YouTube’s ‘Fact Free Fear-Mongering’November 22, 2018
YouTube has long been considered by many to be the big bad wolf of the music industry, largely because of the comparatively low royalties it pays on music streamed on its free platform, and because of the “safe harbor” laws that exempt it from policing unlicensed music on its site.
While several executives responded to the op-ed in Variety Tuesday, on Wednesday afternoon five major European music-industry trade organizations — the IFPI as well as ECSA (the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance), GESAC (comprised of authors’ societies from across the European Union, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland), ICMP (a global music-publishing trade organization) and IMPALA (the European association of independent music companies) — fired off a strongly worded collective response titled “YouTube’s Fact Free Fear-Mongering,” which follows in full; details on Cohen and Wojcicki’s posts can be found here .
“YouTube’s campaign against Article 13 of the Copyright Directive shows a lack of respect for the EU democratic process of law making,” it reads.
“The revisions to the Directive have been under discussion for over four years already and the three main institutions of the European Union have all given their position.
The result is a serious distortion in the European digital market place which harms right holders, other digital services and citizens.
To correct that situation, platforms like YouTube should have to take responsibility for the content they use and monetize, by fairly remunerating their creators and right holders.
“YouTube constantly refers menacingly to ‘unintended consequences’ if the Directive is adopted, and threatens to block content, instead of showing willingness to observe laws and fairly remunerate.
It’s in our interests to boost online creativity, not restrict it.
“Even though the clarifications proposed by the EU institutions may not be to YouTube’s liking, they will contribute to sustainable and balanced growth of the European digital markets ultimately to the benefit of all stakeholders in the digital value chain including citizens.
Many thousands of international artists, authors, publishers, labels, managers, songwriters have urged the EU to find a solution to the value gap.
When not working, Adrianne spends her spare time writing and recording music, jamming with ‘Caught Crimson’ (her band), playing guitar, boating, snowboarding, and decorating her apartment. Along with acting and singing, she intends to continue her college education and pursue her interest in entertainment or family law, business marketing and/or journalism.