European Parliament – Digital Market

A first step for audiovisual authors: European Parliament’s report on the Copyright Directive in the Digital Market

The European Parliament's JURI (legal) committee have today voted in favour of an amendment to Article 14a supporting this right. The amendment obliges Member States to ensure that authors and performers receive fair and proportionate remuneration from the exploitation of their works, including from their online exploitation. It also recognises that fair and proportionate remuneration of authors and performers cannot be dealt with only in their contracts with producers but may be achieved in each sector through a combination of agreements, including collective bargaining agreements, statutory remuneration mechanisms and collective management agreements.

FERA, FSE and SAA hope that the upcoming trilogue process will confirm this basic provision in favour of audiovisual authors and even go further. They urge the Council, Commission and Parliament to strengthen the audiovisual authors' right to remuneration in the digital era, as claimed by more than 17,000 signatories of the petition in support of Europe's screenwriters and directors. This would allow these authors to benefit from the constantly growing on-demand exploitation of their works.

Setting the scene for tomorrow's European creation also requires stronger protection of European creators' rights and remuneration.

You can read here the press release

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