ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews’ Statement on European Parliament’s Approval of EU Copyright Directive

March 26, 2019

On Tuesday, March 26, members of the European Parliament gave final approval to the EU’s Copyright Directive. The legislation will make online platforms more accountable and will set stronger standards for music creators online, providing greater protection and fairer compensation.

Upon its passage, ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews commented: “We applaud the news that members of the European Parliament have passed the EU’s Copyright Directive. This is a huge victory for music creators, who will now have stronger rights when their works are used on user-generated-content services in Europe. Music is universal and transcends borders. We celebrate this milestone for those creators who worked so hard alongside CISAC and its member societies to pass this legislation abroad. This marks a new era for songwriters, composers and publishers everywhere to receive compensation that better reflects music’s true value.”