European Authors’ statement in support of the Copyright Directive

The undersigned organisations of authors – writers, journalists, screenwriters, filmmakers, composers and songwriters – urge you to support the successful adoption of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. It represents a once in a decade opportunity to improve the situation of authors, thereby strengthening the European creative community and our cultural wealth in the digital era. Europe is the cradle of author’s rights: it must not turn its back on both its historical values and on its creative future in the digital era.
Since the last European elections, the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States concluded that the European Union has an essential responsibility to promote fair remuneration for creators, including online, because:
The online world is of key importance to the European future, especially for Europe’s cultural and creative industries, which create EUR 509 billion in value added to the GDP, provide 7.5 % of the EU’s work force and significantly contribute to the EU economy in terms of employment, investment, growth, innovation and competitiveness on a global scale.
Creative works, being bought and sold with such enormous economic success, are the product of the creative minds of Europe’s authors, yet their careers are barely sustainable, extremely unstable and they are in the vast majority poorly remunerated.
– In addition, technological innovation has thrown much of the established structures for the distribution of cultural content into disarray, reducing further authors’ capacity to generate income from the use of their works.
After years of debate and discussion, the European Commission, Member States and a wide majority of MEPs have supported key transparency provisions intended to strengthen authors’ bargaining power and improve their remuneration in contracts (Chapter 3 of the Directive).
This Directive is now under threat, as some claim that this Directive will “censor the Internet” and threaten freedom of expression. Authors are at the very origin of the copyright value chain, and freedom of expression is the cornerstone of creativity: we could not support a legislation that would limit it in any way.
The Directive’s chapter 3’s provisions that protect and improve the situation of authors are necessary
conditions to foster freedom of expression: a precondition for the right of audiences to enjoy diverse creative work is that authors are able to make a living from their work. We therefore urge MEPs to adopt Chapter 3 in its JURI report version, which is the result of a non-partisan political consensus.
It is now time for the EU to send a strong signal to future generations who want to create and be fairly remunerated for their creations. Throwing the Directive away by postponing its adoption would be an appalling missed opportunity to empower the creative community in the digital era, and an unprecedented setback for all creators in Europe and across the world, to the sole benefit of global online platforms.
It is now time to act, effectively support Europe’s creators, and build a sustainable future for
Europe’s cultural diversity.
Make the right choice and adopt the Copyright Directive without further delay!

Sincerely yours,
1. ADA, Austrian Directors’ Association, Austria – Jenny Gand & Jacob Groll, Co-Chairs
2. APR – ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE REALIZADORES, Portugal, Filipa Reis – President
3. AGJPB, AJP-VVJ, Belgium – François Ryckmans – President
4. ALMA, Spain – Alberto Macías, President
5. AMA, Autores de Musica Asociados, Spain – Javier de Juan- President
6. AMCE, Asociacion de Mujeres Creadoras de Musica, Spain – Natalia Vergara – President
7. ANAC, Associazione Nazionale dei Autori Cinematografici, Italy – Francesco Ranieri Martinotti –
President
8. ARF/FDS, Swiss Filmmakers Association, Switzerland – Barbara Miller – President
9. ARRF, Association des Réalisateurs et Réalisatrices de Films, Belgium – André Buytaers,
Administrator
10. Association of Authors Agents (AAA) The UK, Lizzy Kremer- President
11. Association of Directors and Producers of Montenegro, Montenegro – Ivan Djurovic, President
12. Associazione dell’Autorialità Cinetelevisiva – 100autori, Italy – Stefano Sardo – President
13. The Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers – Markku Löytönen – Chair
14. Auteursbond (Dutch Authors Guild), The Netherlands Jan Hilbers- Director
15. Belgian Screen Composers Guild, Belgium – Frederic Vercheval – President
16. British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), England – Crispin Hunt – Chair
17. BAM! (Dutch Songwriters Society), The Netherlands – Pieter Perquin – Chair
18. BCMM (* Beroepsvereniging Componisten MultiMedia), The Netherlands – Johan van der Voet –
Chair
19. БАФТРС – (BAFTRS – Bulgarian Association of the Film, Theater and Radio Scriptwriters) Bulgaria – Stanislav Semerdjiev – Chairman
20. Bundesverband Regie e. V., Germany – Peter Carpentier, Marie Noëlle, Katarina Schickling –
Executive Board
21. CC Composers Club e.V., Germany – John Groves – President
22. Croatian Film Directors’ Guild, Croatia, Danilo Šerbedžija – President
23. Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency/Latvian Authors Association (AKKA/LAA), Latvia – Valdis Muktupavels – President
24. Danish Composers’ Society, Denmark – Bent Sørensen – President
25. Danish Songwriters Guild – DPA – Niels Mosumgaard -Chairman
26. Danske Dramatikere, Denmark – Christina Bergholdt Knudsen, Director
27. Danske Filminstruktører/Danish Film Directors, Denmark – Christina Rosendahl-President
28. DEFKOM (Deutsche Filmkomponistenunion des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes), Germany,
Micki Meuser
29. Deutscher Komponistenverband, Germany – Dr. Enjott Schneider- President
30. Deutscher Textdichter-Verband/ German Lyricist Association, Germany – Frank Ramond –
President
31. DGCY – Directors Guild of Cyprus, Cyprus – Daina Papadaki – President
32. Directors UK, United Kingdom – Andrew Chowns, CEO. Steve Smith, Chair
33. DJBFA/composers and songwriters, The Netherlands – Susi Hyldgaard – Chair
34. DJU in Ver.di, Germany – President, Peter Freitag
35. DJV, Germany – Frank Überall- President
36. Drehbuchverband Austria / Austrian Screenwriter Association, Austria Eva Spreitzhofer – Obfrau
37. Društvo slovenskih režiserjev /Directors Guild of Slovenia, Slovenia – Miha Knific – President
38. DSR Scenaristi / DSR Screenwriters, Slovenia – Matevž Luzar – President
39. Dutch Directors Guild, The Netherlands, Martijn Winkler – Chairman
40. ESIEMTH, Nikolaos Karras – President
41. ESPEK – Association of Greek Film Directors-Producers, Greece – Elina Psykou – President
42. Estonian Union of Journalists, Estonia – Ms Helle Tiikmaa – Chair
43. European Composer and Songwriter Alliance – Alfons Karabuda – President
44. Estonian Filmmakers Union, Estonia, Alvar Kõue, Chairman
45. European Writers Council – Myriam Diocaretz – Secretary General
46. FAIC (Federación de Asociaciones Ibéricas de Compositores), Spain – Domènec González de la Rubia – President
47. FAIR/MediaSind, Romania – Leonard Păduret- President
48. Federacion de Asociaciones de la Prensa Espanola (FAPE), Spain – Nemesio Rodríguez – President
49. Federation of European Film Directors, Pauline Durand-Vialle – CEO
50. Federation of Screenwriters Europe, David Kavanagh – Executive Officer
51. Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Belgium – Lorenzo Caròla – Directeur
52. FEM (Fachgruppe Ernste Musik des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes), Germany – Johannes K. Hildebrandt
53. FEMA, Javier Canpillo- President
54. The Finnish Music Creators FMC, Finland – Kaija Kärkinen – Chair of the Board
55. FLAC (Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Auteurs et Compositeurs), Luxembourg – Roby Steinmetzer – President
56. FNSI (Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana), Italy – Raffaele Lorusso – General Secretary
57. Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica (FACDIM) – Valerie Susan Baxter – President
58. Foro de Asociaciones de Guionistas Auidiovisuales (FAGA), Spain – Ana Hormaetxea – Chair
59. FSC CCOO, Spain – Francisco Javier Jimenez – General Secretary
60. FTT/ISAC (The Icelandic Society of Authors & Composers), Iceland, Bragi Valdimar Skúlason – Chair
61. Greek Directors’ Guild, Greece – Haris Papadopoulos – Chairman
62. Groupe 25 Images, France, Claire De La Rochefoucauld and Arnaud Selignac – Presidents
63. Guilde Française des Scénaristes, France – Pauline Rocafull – Chair
64. HDS (Hrvatsko Društvo Skladatelja / Croatian Composers’ Society), Croatia – Ante Pecotić –
President
65. Hellenic Authors’ Society, Greece, Yiorgos Chouliaras – President
66. Hungarian Composers’ Union (Magyar Zeneszerzők Egyesülete), Máté Hollós – President
67. HPU, Hungary, Eva F. Kováts – Chair
68. Icelandic Composers’ Society, Iceland, Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir –Chair
69. IMAGO – European Federation of Cinematographers, Paul René Roestad – President
70. Impressum, Switzerland, Sina Bühler – President
71. Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, IASCA, Ireland, Colm Quearney –
Chairman
72. Israel Composers’ League (ICL), Israel, Ayal Adler- Chairman
73. JUADN, Maria Antoniadou – President and Stavros Kapakos – General Secretary
74. Komponist Foreningen (Norwegian Society of Composers) Norway, Jørgen Karlstrøm – Chairman of the Board
75. LARS – Luxembourgish Association of Film Directors and Scriptwriters, Luxembourg – Claude Lahr, President
76. Latvian Filmmakers Union, Latvia, Ieva Romanova – Chair
77. Latvian Writers’ Union, Latvia, Arno Jundze- Chairman
78. Lithuanian Filmmakers Union, Lithuania, Arūnas Matelis – President
79. Musimagen, Spain, Dario Palomo – President
80. Netwerk Scenarioschrijvers/Auteursbond (Dutch Screenwriters/Authors Guild), The Netherlands –
Pieter Bart Korthuis – Chair
81. NFF – Norwegian Film Makers Association, Norway – Sverre Pedersen – President
82. NFK – Norwegian Film Editors Association, Norway – Torkel Gjorv – Chairman
83. NFR – Norske Filmregissører, Norway – Marianne Kleven, Chair
84. NOPA (Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists), Norway – Ingrid Kindem – Chair
85. Norske Dramatikeres Forbund / Writers’ Guild of Norway, Norway – Monica Boracco – Chair
86. NUJ, The UK, Michelle Stanistreet – General Secretary
87. PCAM (the Society of Producers & Composers of Applied Music), UK – Paul Reynolds – Acting
Chairman
88. Polish Composers’ Union, Poland (Zwiazek Kompozytorow Polskich), Poland – Mieczyslaw Kominek Ph.D. – the President of the Polish Composers’ Union
89. Österreichische Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Musik (ÖGZM), Austria, Morgana Petrik –
President
90. Österreichischer Komponistenbund (ÖKB), Austria, Alexander Kukelka – President
91. Rättighetsbolaget – Rights Manager of the Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film, Sweden,
Anna Carlson – President
92. Rithofundasamband Islands / The Writers Union of Iceland, Iceland, Karl
Agust Ulfsson – Chair
93. Samtök kvikmyndaleikstjóra – SKL (Film Directors Guild of Iceland), Iceland – Dagur Kári Pétursson – Chairman
94. Scenario, Switzerland – Jacqueline Surchat – Coordinator
95. Screen Composers Guild of Ireland CLG, Ireland, Sarah Glennane – CEO
96. Scriptwriters Guild of Greece, Greece – Alexander Kakavas – President
97. SDGI – Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Ireland – Maurice Sweeney, Chairman
98. SFP – Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich/Polish Filmmakers Association, Poland – Jacek Bromski – President
99. Sindicato dos Jornalistas (RJ), Portugal – Sofia Branco – President
100.SKAP – The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, Sweden – Alfons Karabuda – Chair
101.Slovenian Association of Journalists (DNS), Slovenia – Petra Lesjak Tušek- President, Spela StareGeneral Secretary
102.SNJ – Syndicat National des Journalistes – France – Vincent Lanier – Premier secrétaire général
103.Syndicat National des Auteurs et des Compositeurs, SNAC France – Pierre-André Athané –
President
104.Syndicate of Journalists of Czech Republic, Adam Černý – President
105.Société des Réalisateurs de Films (SRF) , France – Marie Amachoukeli, Bertrand Bonello, Christophe Ruggia, Co-Presidents
106.The Society of Authors, United Kingdom – David Donachie – Chair
107.The Society of Finnish Composers, Finland – Antti Auvinen – Chairman of the Board
108. Society of Swedish Authors in Finland, Finland Peter Sandström- Chair
109.SOKOM, The Composers’ association of Macedonia
110.Suomen elokuvaohjaajaliitto SELO ry, Finland – Sakari Kirjavainen – Chair
111.Suomen Journalistiliitto, Finland – Hanne Aho – President
112.Suomen Näytelmäkirjailijat ja Käsikirjoittajat ry (Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild),
Finland – Sonia Meltti – Executive Director
113.Svenska Journalistförbundet, Sweden – Jonas Nordling – President
114.Swedish Association of Educational Writers, Sweden – Wiwi Ahlberg – President
115.Swedish Film Directors, Sweden- Maria Eriksson-Hecht and Göran Du Rees – Presidents
116.Swedish Society of Composers, Sweden – Martin Jonsson Tibblin – President
117.The Swedish Writers’ Union, Sweden – Grethe Rottböll – President
118.Sveriges Dramatikerförbund, Sweden, Susin Lindblom, CEO
119.Teaterförbundet – The Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film, Simon Norrthon, President
120.UBJ, Bulgaria, Snezhana Todorova – President
121.UCJ, Cyprus – Christos Christofides – General Secretary
122.UNCLA, Italy – Giuseppe Amendola – General Secretary
123.Unie van Regisseurs vzw, Belgium – Michaël R. Roskam & Stijn Coninx, Co-Chairmen
124.The Union of Finnish Writers, Finland – Suvi Oinonen – Executive Director
125.Union Nationale des Auteurs et Compositeurs (UNAC), France – Olivier Delevingne – President
126.Union of Magazine and Electronic Press Journalists (ESPIT) Greece Themis K. BeredimasPresident, Thanasis Alatas -General Secretary
127.Union of Magazine and Electronic Press Journalists, Themis Beredimas – President
128.Union des Compositeurs de Musiques de Films – Béatrice Thiriet – Secrétaire générale
129.Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren e.V. Germany – Sebastian Andrae, Prof. Peter Henning
130.Vlaamse Scenaristengilde / Flemish Screenwriters Guild, Belgium – Michel Sabbe & Dirk Nielandt
131.Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB), UK – Ellie Peers – General Secretary
132. Writers’ Guild of Ireland, Ireland – Thomas McLaughlin – Chairman

 

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