Chairman of Magazines Ireland, Ciaran Casey said, “We are very disappointed with the vote but we will fight on and ask MEPs to do the right thing when it comes to Plenary in September. Four European Parliament committees have already scrutinised, clarified, amended and approved the EU Copyright Reform over the past two years and, unfortunately now those efforts to create a fairer, more sustainable digital ecosystem for the benefit of creators, distributors and consumers have been jeopardised.”
MEPs will now be asked to make further amendments to the report that was approved in JURI (Legal Affairs Committee) on 20 June. The amended report will be presented in Plenary in September for the full Parliament to vote on again.
Grace Aungier, CEO, Magazines Ireland said, “We encourage the MEPs to think about the impact their next decision will have on our free press, on the future of professional journalism and what message they want to communicate to the world about democracy and fairness in Europe.”
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Magazines Ireland is the association of Irish magazine publishers and represents 39 Irish publishers who together produce over 185 magazine brands, both consumer and business to business titles in print and digital.