The biz responds to Lyor Cohen's Article 13 blog

The biz responds to Lyor Cohen's Article 13 blog


A host of top execs and organisations have responded to Lyor Cohen’s strongly-worded anti-Article 13 blog. Yesterday (November 20), in a piece titled "What Article 13 could really mean", YouTube’s global head of music, warned that the measures will “harm” the creative industry.

Cohen was adamant that artists and the industry will lose out, with “less money from YouTube” if the current version of Article 13 is implemented. Cohen pointed out that since YouTube created Content ID 11 years ago, rights holders had received more than €2.5 billion from third-party content.

He also stressed the platform’s engagement with the music industry, including the licensing of YouTube Music and the total payout of €5 billion from advertising.

“Emerging artists will find it harder to be discovered and heard on a global stage,” he wrote. “In short, the Parliament’s version of Article 13 will harm the very creative industry it seeks to protect.”

You can read a full breakdown of the blog here. Since publishing the piece, many big names in the biz have reacted to Cohen’s words.


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