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Authors rights

The Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market  (also known as the 2019 EU Copyright Directive) was formally adopted in April 2019 by the EU. Each EU Member State is due to ensure that it complies with the provisions of this Directive 7th June 2021.  This reform represents an opportunity to go further towards a fair remuneration of music creators and to promote their rights. ECSA worked extensively on this piece of legislation from its inception to its final adoption by the European Institutions. It now advocates for an ambitious and timely implementation in each EU Member States and promotes the Directive outside of the EU. 

Short key facts

  • The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was formally adopted in April 2019, a change that will positively affect the lives of European music creators.
  • Each member state has until 7 June 2021 to transpose the Directive into their respective national law.
  • A positive and historical outcome, which honours Europe’s shared values and its investment in cultural diversity and creative talents.

Together with the Federation of European Screen Directors (FERA)The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and The European Writers' Council (EWC), ECSA organised a conference on the implementation of the 2019 EU Copyright Directive. The two panel discussions focused on the current transposition of Articles 18 to 23 of the Directive and looked into how to improve further authors’ contracts and remuneration.

The conference took place on 23 June 2022 at La Maison européenne des Auteurs et des Autrices (MEDAA), in Brussels.

The live-streaming of the conference can be found on ECSA's Youtube channel

The Report on the implementation of Chapter 3 of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Market  and the Flashback on the Conference on implementation of the 2019 EU Copyright Directive are both available online.