News Media Alliance Applauds EU’s Historic Move toward Global Copyright Protection for News Publishers


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Lindsey Loving
Manager, Communications


February 13, 2019

Arlington, VA – The European Union today reached a final deal on the proposed Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market. The Directive creates a Publishers’ Right that provides news publishers the right to protect their content against unauthorized commercial uses online.

“We applaud the global leadership of European lawmakers, who today recognized the value of creating content, in our case, news and information that underpins an informed democracy and a civic society,” stated News Media Alliance President & CEO David Chavern. “News publishers’ ability to sustain high-quality journalism relies on an incentive to invest in newsrooms that support critical coverage, particularly in local communities.”

The Alliance urges the swift adoption by the Council and the Parliament of the final Directive in order to secure the sustainability of high-quality journalism in Europe.

For more information about the Copyright Directive and Publishers’ Right, visit our Copyright Directive Myths vs. Facts resource.


The News Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization representing more than 2,000 news organizations and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and globally. Alliance members include print, digital and mobile publishers of original news content. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on ensuring the future of news media through communication, research, advocacy and innovation. Information about the News Media Alliance (formerly NAA) can be found at


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