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Sir McCartney Calls For Music Copyright Reform

Music legend, Sir Paul McCartney, has urged members of the European Parliament to back copyright changes, which would pay songwriters and artists for user uploaded content. His open letter comes on the eve of the European Parliament’s vote.

If passed, user-generated platforms – such as YouTube, Vimeo – will need to gain proper music licences.

The platforms will no longer be shielded by European provisions, which offer liability protection from content uploaded without permission.

In an open letter, Sir McCartney asserts such changes ensure the music industry’s survival.

His call to action joins several other European artists including; James Blunt, Max Martin and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. A related petition has reportedly collected 20,000 creator signatures.

McCartney affirms a “value gap” has jeopardised the state of the music industry, and an internet “that is fair and sustainable for all” is required.

“But today some user upload content platforms refuse to compensate artists and all music creators fairly for their work while they exploit it for their own profit,” claims Sir McCartney.

“The value gap is that gulf between the value these platforms derive from music and the value they pay creators.”

Whilst several music executives have voiced their support for McCartney’s views, others claim the music industry has since evolved, and politicians are not obliged to offer protection.

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