Closer to fair and proportionate remuneration


21,000 petition signatories in support of Europe’s screenwriters and directors handed over to EU Commissioner Gabriel

European Screenwriters

From left to right: Jochen Greve (German Screenwriter), Mariya Gabriel (European Commissioner), Costa-Gavras (Greek-born French Screenwriter and Director), Jean-Luc Goossens (Belgian Screenwriter).

Yesterday, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, received a delegation handing over a petition signed by more than 21,000 supporters of Europe’s screenwriters and directors and their right to fair and proportionate remuneration.

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) launched the petition in early 2018 to bring attention to the needs of audiovisual authors in the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. In September, they welcomed the adoption of the European Parliament’s position on the Copyright Directive, which provides a new Article establishing a principle of fair and proportionate remuneration for authors derived from the revenues generated by the exploitation of their works, including online (new Article -14).

“I’m signing, because I want to know who wrote and directed the films and TV shows I watch. I want authors to be recognized for their amazing work, to create something new that will later be turned into entertainment for people. Without their creativity there would be no new content. Let’s celebrate them instead of ignoring them. Without them there are no movies to be made.” Petition signatory

The 21,000 authors and supporters from the EU and beyond (more than 100 countries) expect to be heard at this crucial moment when the EU institutions negotiate the final text of the Copyright Directive. The new Article -14 proposed by the European Parliament is an essential addition to the Directive which will improve the situation of audiovisual authors in terms of their remuneration; an urgent measure to take as figures demonstrate declining unstable and modest incomes while the industry and prospects for the on market are flourishing. The inclusion of this new Article would help the Directive deliver results for the whole value chain of the cultural and creative industries. The petition was handed over to Commissioner Gabriel ahead of the 2nd trilogue meeting between the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council (Member States) on 25 October.

 

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