Responding to the news that the vote on the European Parliament has passed the final Copyright Directive text to update copyright laws for the digital age, Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:

“This is the first legislation anywhere in the world that recognises there needs to be a better balance in the relationship between user-upload platforms and the creative community, whose content turbocharges those services.  The Value Gap distorts the music ecosystem and holds back the growth of the UK’s creative industries. 

“The priority now must be to ensure that the UK implementation of the Directive achieves the goal of closing that gap, and we look forward to working with Government and all parties to that end.”