According to the director of Sacem, the collective management society for authors, composers, and publishers of music, Luxembourg's creatives are globally supporting the EU's copyright directive.
Whilst politicians have been critical of the directive, the artists concerned by the directive have claimed it is urgently necessary.
Marc Nickts, the director of Sacem, explained that large platforms must be given a sense of responsibility: the directive globally concerns commercial platforms that use protected or licensed work to make the work available to the public.
Luxembourgish musician Serge Tonnar named YouTube as particularly problematic for content creators. The video platform earns millions based on content uploaded by artists. Tonnar explained that YouTube currently has no need to justify its actions to artists, and the platform can do what it desires, blithely ignoring copyright.
The directive would allow content creators to be fairly remunerated when their work is used online, which is currently not the case.
As the president of Sacem's consultative commission, David Laborier, stressed, nowadays music is mostly just consumed online. Artists require copyright to be respected in order to make a living out of their work.
Tonnar believes the issue does not simply concern remuneration, but more importantly, the directive would allow artists to keep the rights to their work. Tonnar explained that his work is on YouTube, but he encounters a wall whenever he tries to enquire why he cannot make money with adverts. He stressed the impossibility of discussing such issues with YouTube.
As for those against the directive, Marc Nickts believes that the campaign has predominantly been a disinformation one to scare people off. He described depictions of the directive as claiming it would destroy the internet.
The truth, according to Nickts, is that the directive would allow artists to have a fair playing field.
Dismissing the fearmongering as without basis, Sacem deplored the decisions of Luxembourgish politicians, which have been made unilaterally without consulting artists who stand to be affected by the directive.