The EU copyright directive – council statement

From left to right: Bent Sørensen, Antti Auvinen, Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir, Martin Johnson Tibblin, Jørgen Karlstrøm (President) (photo by: Maarit Kytöharju)


The Council of Nordic Composers met in Reykjavik this week to discuss a wide range of topics.

 From educational initiatives, to developments in royalty rates for composers in the tv and film area in the nordics, and of cou


rse the newly adopted EU copyright directive.


The directive is a crucial step towards a transparent digital economy, where music creators for the first time will have the necessary legal tools to negotiate fair agreements with the multinational corporations distributing our music, and it gives the whole music industry enforcement mechanisms to protect our rights. The directive is also an important symbolic recognition of the contribution composers, musicians and artists make to our society culturally and economically.


Strong international collaboration between composers in the Nordics, in Europe, and with support from our colleagues around the globe made this victory possible. It is our hope that this directive will reverberate across the world, and send strong signals to lawmakers, composers and businesses, that if we work together we can solve even the most complex of international issues.


It is further more our hope that a fairer share of the the economy originating in the music we make, can and will give composers the freedom to continue with and expand on the cross border collaboration, exploration and creation that is already an integrated part of Nordic and European music life.


– Reykjavik march 28 2019