12:16, April 01 143 0 theguardian.com

2019-04-01 12:16:06
Copyright directive will protect creatives

I was most surprised that your newspaper carried a story about copyright (Controversial copyright laws backed by MEPs despite tech lobbyists, 27 March) with no quotes from either a representative of creative workers toiling behind stage and camera, or an author, performer, musician, poet or journalist, all of whom will benefit from the adoption of the EU copyright directive. Also missing was any appreciation of the unfair distribution of colossal internet revenues, where as much as 75% of advertising revenue goes to Facebook and Google – an unfair state of affairs that this legislation is designed to change to the benefit of content creators and creative workers. Instead there was a long quote from Google, not renowned for its contribution to our cultural life and creative industries.

Carole Tongue

Chair of the UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity of Expression

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