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European Copyright Law: GVL welcomes the reform

The EU Parliament has voted in favour of the EU Copyright Law reform on 26 March 2019 and thus paved the way for a modern copyright where both users and creators benefit from fair regulations. GVL, the German Neighbouring Rights Society, welcomes this decision.

"GVL supports the decision of the MEPs to sustainably strenghten the rights of all creators in Europe. By way of yesterdays vote for a reform of the EU copyright laws, a future-oriented foundation for creative performances in the digital context was laid", says Dr. Tilo Gerlach, Managing Director of GVL. "To us, a fair remuneration for all creative performances based on a reliable legal foundation has absolute priority. Todays decision is a key milestone for a fair regulation."

"We are happy that we found a joint position which enables the Member States to implement the reform in the coming months into their national legislation. The new directive creates binding and fair framework conditions for all parties involved in the World Wide Web. At the same time, it reinforces the neighbouring rights of artists and producers. This is not about filtering content. It is about remunerating artistic performances adequately and providing the creative and cultural industries with an adequate recognition", states Guido Evers, Managing Director of GVL.

GVL now anticipates that the European Council is also going to approve the directive and that it can then be swiftly implemented into national law. In this context, the needs of creators and their partners should be sufficiently taken into account.


About GVL:

Those who render artistic performances or create the respective financial basis for the latter must receive money for the exploitation of their performances. GVL, the society for the administration of neighbouring rights, captures and manages such exploitations. GVL pays the fees it collects on a fiduciary basis e.g. from radio and TV stations and for the communication to the public (e.g. in restaurants or cafés) to its members in the form of a remuneration each year. More than 160,000 performers, producers of sound recordings and audiovisual recordings, music and music video clip producers as well as event organisers have placed their trust in GVL on a global level - and thus make GVL one of the biggest collective management organisations and music licensing companies for neighbouring rights in the world. Shareholders of GVL are the German Orchestra Association (DOV), the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI), the Federal Acting Association (BFFS) and the Association of Independent Musicians and Music Companies e.V.(VUT).

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