With less than six months to go until Brexit becomes a reality, European indie label trade group IMPALA has outlined a number of recommendations to safeguard the future of the music industry in the U.K. and Europe.
Included among its recommendations is that the British government commits to fully adopting reforms to copyright law recently approved by the European Parliament, requiring user generated content (UGC) platforms like YouTube to establish automatic content recognition systems blocking any copyright infringing works.
IMPALA is also calling for border arrangements that will enable the free movement of artists, crews and equipment in the U.K. and European Union, avoiding costly and restrictive administrative processes. "The ideal scenario is visa-free movement between the UK and EU27 countries," states IMPALA. "Alternatively, a visa-waiver could be implemented for a certain category of people and/or countries. In all cases, it is crucial to negotiate to maintain the current UK-Ireland travel area where there is no visa restriction."