EU copyright vote - over 1,000 recording artists call on MEPs to seize opportunity

4th July 2018

Artists including Plácido Domingo, James Blunt, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Paul McCartney make direct call to MEPs before major vote.

Following a campaign involving over 1,300 recording artists - including Plácido Domingo, James Blunt, Francis Cabrel, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Max Martin, Udo Lindenberg – via petitions and statements, videos and personal appearances, Sir Paul McCartney now lends his voice.

IFPI has today released a letter to Members of the European Parliament from Sir Paul McCartney urging MEPs to vote on Thursday (12pm CET, European Parliament, Strasbourg, France) in support of the EU Copyright Directive mandate.

Sir Paul has added his voice to thousands from across Europe’s creative sectors calling for the EU to seize the chance to restore fairness to Europe’s online music marketplace:

  • More than 2,000 recording artists calling for a solution to the Value Gap;

  • 84 major European creative sectors including record labels (Majors and Indies), songwriters, The International Artists’ organisation, newspapers, authors, books, cinemas, book publishers, picture agencies, football leagues, commercial TV broadcasters, magazines, academics, publishers and many more asking for support on the Copyright Directive;

  • Many MEPs asking for the EU to achieve the same;

  • A petition by 20,000 creators;

  • More than 100 videos from recording artists from all European nationalities urging their MEPS to support the copyright mandate (a selection of which are being posted on IFPI’s twitter feed)

Read the full text of the letter from Sir Paul here

For further information please contact:

Johnny.Phelan@ifpi.org / +32 (0) 2 511 92 08

press@ifpi.org / +44 (0) 20 7878 7979