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By Grace Aungier,

Magazines Ireland, the association of Irish magazine media brands, joins with our colleagues in the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) to welcome the agreement reached yesterday in trilogue as part of the EU copyright reform.

The co-legislators have endorsed a right which aims at improving press publishers’ bargaining position and protects them against the unauthorised digital reproduction and distribution of their press publications.

Ciaran Casey, Chairman, Magazines Ireland said: “We now call on the European Parliament to endorse the text, as soon as possible, as it did last September, in order to allow a fair value exchange between those who produce content and those who distribute it for their own commercial gain.”

The agreed text must now be formally confirmed by the European Parliament and the Council. Once confirmed and published in the Official Journal of the EU, Member States will have 24 months to transpose the new rules into national legislation.

Magazines Ireland CEO, Grace Aungier commented, “This directive will promote fairness in the digital ecosystem by allowing magazine publishers to negotiate licence agreements and protect the unauthorised reproduction and distribution of our members’ publications in the digital world”.

For further information, please contact:
Grace Aungier, Magazines Ireland Tel 01 667 5579 grace@magazinesireland.ie