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Universal Music Central Europe Chief Talks Copyright Directive With European Parliament President

STRASBOURG — Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Universal Music Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon, met this week with European Parliament president David Sassoli to discuss the…

STRASBOURG — Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Universal Music Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon, met this week with European Parliament president David Sassoli to discuss the copyright directive enacted by the European Union in June.

“The legislation will help restore fairness in compensation for creatives and rights holders across Europe and the world,” said Briegmann in a statement.

The Universal CEO stressed that member states’ national legislative implementations must be faithful to the directive and its objectives. Briegmann and Sassoli also discussed the critical role that music plays in promoting Europe’s creative economy and in enhancing its cultural diversity. The meeting took place shortly before Italian pop star Mahmood performed at the IFPI “Friends of Music” event in the Parliament building in Strasbourg Tuesday evening.  

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Earlier in the day, Briegmann had spoken before members of the European Parliament and met with various policymakers and staff. In his speech, he emphasized that the copyright directive will only achieve its aim when it comes into effect in the member states, and emphasized the importance of Europe’s creative and cultural economy, which has created around 12 million full-time jobs and represents 4.4% of the Union’s gross domestic product.