OP-ED: A CALL TO INVEST IN OUR CREATIVE FUTURES
Before the mid-July MFF negotiations, ECSA, together with many other organisations from the CCS, coordinated an op-ed signed by a group of artists, among which are singer Bjork, film director Agnieszka Holland, award-winning bookseller Nina George, composers Jean Michel Jarre, Alberto Iglesias and Benny Andersson and many others. The letter addressed to the EU and national leaders urged them to invest in culture at the EU level after the disappointing budget proposal of only €1.5 billion for the Creative Europe programme brought forward by the Commission in May 2020. Recalling the impact the COVID-19 shutdown has had on the creative and cultural industries across the continent, the letter states that “European culture is in the midst of a crisis”, adding that: “How decision-makers choose to respond now will set the scene for the next decade of cultural and creative life in our union”. Read the letter here.
THE EU PACKAGE & CREATIVE EUROPE BUDGET
On 21st July, after long days of difficult negotiations at the European Council, EU leaders agreed on a comprehensive package of €1 824.3 billion which combines the €1 074.3 billion multi-annual financial framework (MFF) and an extraordinary €750 billion recovery effort, Next Generation EU (NGEU). The financial envelope for Creative Europe is brought back to €1,64 billion, as in the 2018 Commission’s proposal. While this is lower than the European Parliament position (€2,8 billion), this is higher than the latest 2020 Commission proposal (€1,5 billion) and represents a significant increase in comparison with the current 2014-2020 budget (€1,4 billion), considering that the UK is no longer contributing to the EU budget. The European Parliament will now have to give its consent to the EU budget. EU leaders also agreed on an extraordinary €750 billion recovery effort, Next Generation EU (NGEU) & ECSA will continue to advocate that a significant part of this fund should benefit creators and cultural stakeholders heavily impacted by the COVID 19 crisis.
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STRONGLY SUPPORTS CREATORS & THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS
In the run up to the European Council, the European Parliament has been very active to support and ambitious budget for the Creative Europe Programme as well as specific measures to support the cultural and creative sectors to overcome the COVID 19 crisis. This has been demonstrated by a European Parliament plenary debate on the Cultural recovery of Europe on 10th July as well as by the declaration of the Cultural Creators Friendship Group adopted on 16th July. ECSA thanks all MEPs who defended cultural creators and professionals in the new EU budget and recovery plan.
AUTHORS GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE
ECSA, together with the European Writers Council (EWC), the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) and the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), have sent recommendations on the implementation of the Copyright Directive to competent ministers of 15 countries that have not started the implementation yet. The recommendations set out concrete guidelines for the implementation of Articles 18 to 23 (“Fair remuneration in exploitation contracts of authors and performers”).
ADVOCATE GENERAL SAUGMANDSGAARD ØE’ S OPINION ON THE “YOUTUBE CASE”
On 16 July, Advocate General (AG) Saugmandsgaard Øe delivered his opinion on the major case regarding YouTube’s liability for copyright (joined Cases C‑682/18 and C‑683/18) before the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). In this case – where Article 17 of the 2019 Copyright Directive is not applicable – the AG basically takes the view that “online platform operators, such as YouTube and Uploaded, are not directly liable for the illegal uploading of protected works by the users of those platforms” (see the Court’s press release here). The AG also appears to take a critical view at past CJEU judgments which have found primary copyright liability for certain services which enable users to share unauthorised works. While the Court is still due to deliver its final judgement on this case, this opinion tends to demonstrate that the Court can be very unpredictable on this matter and gives even better reasons to justify the specific regime established in Article 17 of the 2019 Copyright Directive and adopted by EU policy makers. You can read more information and analysis from Eleonora Rosati on this AG’s opinion on the IPKat blog here.
TARGETED CONSULTATION ON ARTICLE 17 OF THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE
On 27 July, the European Commission launched a targeted consultation on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive, opened until 10 September 2020. The Commission intends to gather the views of the participants to the stakeholder dialogue on a document which sets out the Commission’s initial ideas for the Article 17 Guidance. This consultation document includes questions on the different aspects that will be covered by the guidance the Commission is planning to adopt before the end of the year. ECSA will submit a response to the consultation.
IN MEMORIAM – MAESTRO ENNIO MORRICONE
Oscar-winning Maestro Ennio Morricone passed away in the night between 5th and 6th July 2020 at the age of 91 years old. ECSA wishes to express its deepest sorrow and convey its sincere thoughts and condolences to the Maestro’s family and friends. Earlier this year, ECSA had celebrated Maestro Ennio Morricone’s outstanding career with the Camille Award for his Lifetime Achievement. Although the Maestro left us and will be greatly missed, his legacy will continue living on through his music. Read more here.
CALL FOR WORKS & PROPOSALS
ECCO CALL FOR WORKS
The call for works for the next ECCO concert in Brussels 2021 is here. ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the call for works for the 16th ECCO concert that will feature the ensemble Slagwerk Den Haag on 2nd February 2021 in Brussels. Deadline for submission is Tuesday 3rd November 2020 – 12:00pm (CET). See here for the submission information.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: MEASURING THE CCS IN THE EU
The European Commission released a call for proposal for measuring the cultural and creative sectors in the EU. Even though CCS are one of Europe’s most dynamic sectors, for many indicators and sectors, there are still data missing at EU level. The purpose of measuring the European CCS is to allow quantifying their full economic value. The deadline for the call for proposal is the 14th September 2020. For more information, see here.
CALL FOR PROPOSAL: MUSIC MOVES EUROPE PREPARATORY ACTION
To implement the 2020 Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” (with a budget of €2.5 million), the Commission will select one consortium that will implement a support scheme that redistributes grants to recipients in the music sector, based on a needs assessment. The actions to be implemented should contribute to a green, digital, a just and resilient recovery of the European music ecosystem after COVID-19. Read more here.
ECSA @INFERNO MUSIC CONFERENCE
ECSA’s EU Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek will feature at the online Inferno Music Conference with a presentation on the benefits of joining a songwriter society. The conference will stream some of the planned presentations and a videocast that was supposed to be at this year canceled event. The presentations will be available at the Inferno Music Conference YouTube channel. ECSA’s session at the conference is planned to take place on Thursday 13.8 19:00 PM CET.
THE IVORS ACADEMY ACTION PLAN ON EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The Ivors Academy, British member of ECSA, has recently published a twelve-point action plan for 2020-2022 to champion equality, diversity and inclusion across their work. Through the ambitious goals set in this plan, the British organisation commits to achieve equal opportunities and a broad diversity representation within its governance bodies and staff, its panel events and its awards, as well as to partner with socially-engaged organisations for this purpose. More information is available here.
The #ECSA4CopyrightDirective video campaign showcases the ECSA network coming together to recall the importance of the Copyright Directive and its implementation at the national level. The Copyright Directive must be implemented before 7th June 2021 in all EU and EEA Member States, which means there is less than a year left. Watch the Official Video featuring more than 20 ECSA delegates from all over Europe and have a look at the accompanying statement “ECSA’s 10 steps on how to implement the Copyright Directive for a more sustainable music ecosystem“. Share the video, it is time to finally be fair to creators!