European copyright law welcomed
26 March 2019
The NUJ has welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament of the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market.
The union worked with the International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) to get in place this important and long-awaited piece of legislation; 348 MEPs voted in favour of the directive, while 274 voted against and 36 abstained.
The directive includes provisions for the publishing industry and authors, including journalists, to receive a share of the revenue press publications generate online, the principle of appropriate and proportionate remuneration for authors, key transparency obligations and the possibility for authors to be represented by their unions.
The member states have two years to transpose it into their own laws.
The journalists’ federations called on the European Commission and European publishers to clarify that journalists’ share under Article 11 is distinct from salary and that Recital 35 will not be used to deprive or restrict their access to a fair share of the revenue deriving from the neighbouring right.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
“Today’s adoption of the Copyright Directive is the culmination of years of campaigning and collective effort by trade unionists and campaigners around the world, including the NUJ and our sister unions. That work has been motivated by a shared determination to ensure that journalists and other creatives are properly rewarded for the work they create, and that their rights and livelihoods are not trampled on or ignored by the major global entities that dominate the media industry.”
Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said:
“The IFJ hails this adoption. During almost three years of negotiation, it fought for a directive that ensured all authors in all European Union Member states benefited from the revenue their work generated. It fought for a text that promotes a fairer distribution of the immense wealth generated online by tech giants using our work, not one that only benefits media corporations. Now the directive has been passed, the IFJ is committed to continuing to fight to ensure no journalists are left behind.”