20 Feb 2019

We, the undersigned organisations, representing authors, composers, writers, journalists, photographers and others working in all artistic fields, news agencies, book, press and music publishers, audiovisual and independent music producers call on the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

This Directive has been long sought to create a much-needed level playing field for all actors of the creative sector in the European Digital Single Market, whilst giving citizens better access to a wider array of content.

This is a historical opportunity. We need an internet that is fair and sustainable for all. This is why we urge policymakers to adopt the Directive quickly, as agreed in trilogue negotiations.


BIEM– Bureau international des sociétés gérant les droits d’enregistrement et de reproduction mécanique

CEDC– European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity

CEPIC– Centre of the Picture Industry

CIAGP– International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic and

Photographic Arts

CIAM-International Council of Music Authors

CISAC– International Confederation of Societies of Authors and


EANA– European Alliance of News Agencies

ECSA– European Composer and Songwriter Alliance

EFJ– European Federation of Journalists

EIBF– European & International Booksellers Federation

EMC– European Music Council

EMMA– European Magazine Media Association

ENPA– European Newspaper Publishers’ Association

EPC– European Publishers’ Council

Eurocinema– Association de Producteurs de Cinéma et de Télévision

EVA– European Visual Artists

EWC– European Writers’ Council

FEP– Federation of European Publishers

FERA– Federation of European Film Directors

FSE– Federation of Screenwriters in Europe

GESAC– European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers

IFRRO– International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations

IMAGO– European Federation of Cinematographers

IMPALA– Independent Music Companies Association

IMPF– Independent Music Publishers International Forum

NMC– News Media Coalition

NME– News Media Europe

SAA– Society of Audiovisual Authors

UNI-MEI– Global Union in the Media, Entertainment and Arts

W&DW– Writers & Directors Worldwide

Brussels, 20 February 2019

Download the PDF version of the Joint Statement here.