European Music Council
July 05, 2018
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In this newsletter you will find the latest information on the Copyright Directive, the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the European Forum on Music. We hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter,
Your EMC team
European Parliament rejects proposal to begin negotiations to update copyright laws for the digital age
The European Parliament rejected a committee proposal to begin negotiations to update copyright laws for the digital age. As a result, Parliament’s position will now be up for debate, amendment, and a vote during the next plenary session, in September.
Following the initiative of many organisations of the music sector, the European Music Council supports the call to the Members of the European Parliament to maintain their strong support for a Copyright Reform that enables musicians, music creators and producers to obtain better recognition and fairer remuneration for their work in the digital era.
The work of the European Music Council is based on the Five Music Rights, which 5th Music Right is a plea for musical artists to obtain just recognition and fair remuneration for their work. The European Agenda for Music (EAM) collects some arguments addressing these issues, in particular in its Key Themes Technology and Recognition.
Technology has had significant effects on nearly every sector in society, and music is no exception. Most noticeably, the digital revolution has led to a value gap that has hugely impacted the remuneration of creators, musicians, producers, labels and publishers in music. While some of its effects have been negative, technology is a powerful tool and its potential is great. The opportunities it could bring for fair remuneration systems, creativity teaching, access and outreach could be highly beneficial to Europe’s music sector. That is why we urge the European Parliament to develop a Copyright Reform that includes measures for just recognition and fair remuneration for musicians, music creators and producers.
Berlin Call to Action on European Cultural Heritage
The Berlin Call to Action was presented at the European Cultural Heritage Summit on 22 June 2018 in Berlin by the three co-hosting organisations, namely Europa Nostra, the German Cultural Heritage Committee acting as national coordinator of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Germany, and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation based in Berlin.
The call aims to build on the momentum created by the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) to unfold the potential of Europe’s shared heritage to advance to a more peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and just Europe. It is open for signature to all engaged citizens, organisations and institutions that care for Europe’s cultural heritage.
The Berlin Call to Action also builds on the input and support of the EYCH Stakeholders Committee, that the EMC is part of, the EYCH national coordinators, as well as members of the European Heritage Alliance.
The EMC will continue to advocate for the importance of intangible heritage for the future of Europe, which was also the focus of this year’s European Forum on Music in Oslo. Find out more in the video and documentation.
European Forum on Music 2018: A look back
It’s been a month since the European Forum on Music in Oslo. The two-day conference has been extraordinarily rich and we are happy to provide you with fantastic pictures, a video, a documentation of the panels and a press release in English, French and German.
Photo: Endre Lohne
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