In early July, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on proposed new copyright laws in the form of a new EU Copyright Directive that could positively impact visual content creators.
The proposed change would require certain internet platforms to be more accountable for unlicensed copyrighted content that’s uploaded, distributed, and published via their platforms. Because there are currently no safeguards, visual content creators aren’t easily able to be credited and paid for their work, while others profit.
Getty Images is supporting the proposed new Copyright Directive, believing that without compensation, creativity and commerce cannot thrive. They are joined by Center of the Picture Industry, CEPIC, that represent 600 picture agencies and photo libraries in 20 countries across Europe, both within and outside the European Union.
Getty is asking for others to lend support by reading and signing a petition on the Change.org website, urging MEPs to protect content creators and their work.