Spotify warns platform it may stop working in Uruguay A parliamentary vote is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, to approve a legal provision that would strengthen copyright by paying creators fees for the dissemination of their works “on the Internet or digital networks.”
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As stated in a statement published this Monday by the local press, The Swedish company, which has millions of users worldwide, “will have no choice but to operate in Uruguay” If two articles of the Responsibility Bill sent by the government to the Parliament are approved.
The problem is that within the norm, which defines the 2024 budget adjustments in its more than 600 articles, the Executive Branch, Ignacio Martínez, president of the Uruguayan Copyright Council, told EFE, “This is an old aspiration of many people from the culture of the country.”
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Specifically, he said it was about “fairly or equitably remunerating” artists and performers who are “unprotected” by existing law, with “a percentage” or “compensation” for the dissemination of their work. He stated that they were from the field of music production “first and foremost”.
“(The platforms) are going to have to see how to make an equal distribution that includes artists, artists, artists who deserve it, who need it. (In this) world, first of all, a lot of money is paid in Europe, and so should Uruguay, other people in America “Like some countries, this is at the peak of progress,” he said.
On the opposition to the measure by various private actorsThe President of the Council, which is affiliated with the country’s Ministry of Education and Culture, argued that attempts were made to establish a dialogue with them, but this did not yield results due to their “somewhat conservative” and “property seizing” positions.
With Spotify in particular, he predicted that these “and other major platforms” need to “put themselves in the role of artists” and allocate to them “a portion” of the millions of dollars their work generates.
“We already know about these threats (to leave the country), they have been repeated in other countries and are common for those who want to maintain their profits without seriously analyzing fair redistribution,” he emphasized.
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For your part, Raúl Echeberría, executive director of the Latin American Internet Association (ALAI), pointed out that the organization, which brings together Latin American or international technology companies with a regional presence, has opposed these changes from the beginning.
“We understand that a bill consisting of more than 600 articles is not the appropriate place when there is a huge complexity that needs to be discussed much more cautiously,” Erdogan said, adding that the “generic” style regarding which articles belong to which platforms or platforms is also valid. he emphasized. edited content creates uncertainty about how it will be edited later.
“We see the greatest negative impact in the impact on the image of Uruguay of the issues central to the deployment strategy and its portrayal as attractive for the development of technological industries,” he concluded.
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