As a musician I’m shocked there’s opposition to a new EU copyright law | Debbie Harry

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This directive will help artists’ futures with protection from video-streaming services like YouTube. Why lobby against it?
• Debbie Harry is the lead singer of Blondie

In 2016, I joined a campaign with the music community and other creative sectors to fight to ensure that video-streaming services, such as YouTube, pay fairly for music and other creative content that they profit from. Now, in 2019, we have made great progress, but we are not there yet.

Despite the positive impact that this law will have on Europe’s creators, in recent weeks tech companies such as Google and YouTube have used their financial power and reach to lobby to reject the very law that will help to secure our future.

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