CIPR-backed campaign defeats proposed EU copyright laws

The European Parliament has voted against the EU Copyright Directives in their current forms by 318 votes to 278.

This follows a strong debate on the matter, during which the CIPR asked members to write to their MEPs to vote against the proposals and published an open letter to Tom Watson MP highlighting the damaging impact the new laws would have on internet freedom..

Alastair McCapra, Chief Executive of the CIPR says;

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive
We are delighted with the result; common sense has prevailed and MEPs will now have more time to consider these proposals which, in their current form, were unfit for purpose. The CIPR would like to thank those that took the time to write to their MEPs on this matter.
Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive

The proposals will now be reconsidered and put to a vote in September. The CIPR will continue to update members on the progress of this issue its impact on the profession.

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).