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Authors' Group


The Authors’ Group is Europe’s leading Authors’ network representing hundreds of thousands of authors, including writers, literary translators, composers, songwriters, film/TV directors and screenwriters in Europe. The Authors’ Group consists of the following associations: European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), European Writers’ Council (EWC), Federation of European Film and TV Directors (FERA) and Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE).

From the left: Dan Clifton (FERA)Mogens Blicher Bjerregard (EFJ), Martin Schulz (EP President)Alfons Karabuda (ECSA)Sveinbjorn Baldvinsson (FSE) and Nick Yapp (EWC) © ECSA


The Authors’ Group advocates for taking the unique social, legal, and economic situation of authors into account before European policy makers and promote their authors’ rights. Authors stand at the beginning of the creative value chain as they create music, movies, books, etc.. Furthermore, they are for the most part self-employed or freelancers. The combination of those two aspects make for a unique position of authors within the cultural and creative sector as well as the legal landscape. The Authors’ Group focused its advocacy activities on the provisions on “Fair remuneration in in exploitation contracts of authors and performers” in the 2019 Copyright Directive. It now continues its activities to ensure that those provisions are implemented in a ambitious manner and can deliver concrete benefits to authors. The Authors’ Group also represents the collective view of authors on other policy issues, such as collective bargaining.