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Open letter from performers and audiovisual authors

Open letter to JURI by famous European artists

Brussels, 4 June 2018
Re: Copyright Directive: Open letter from performers and audiovisual authors

Dear Members of the Legal Affairs committee,

We came to Strasbourg a few days ago to discuss the draft Copyright Directive and fair remuneration of performers and audiovisual authors. We learnt that very little time is left before decisions are taken on the final compromise amendments to be voted on in committee in June.

This is why we are now writing to you. We urge you to speak up for all of us musicians, singers, actors, dancers, screenwriters and directors. The time is now! Not in 10 or 20 years. But now!

Streaming and downloading platforms are no longer part of an emerging market, but it is how most people now enjoy listening to music or watching films or series.

while the Internet is a fantastic tool for us musicians, actors, screenwriters and directors, the system we operate in is rotten. It is no longer working.

With producers and now also online platforms such as Netflix and Spotify dominating the market, no one can with sincerity still talk about contractual freedom. There is no such thing.

while legislation did protect us in the analogue world guaranteeing that we are paid fairly, it does not when the same music recording, series or film is streamed or downloaded. How can this be seen as fair? It is not.

While the Internet is a fantastic tool for us musicians, actors, screenwriters and directors, the system we operate in is rotten

What we do is our passion but it must also be able to pay the bills. Only if we can make a decent living from our work, can we keep on creating. But too many of us are not able to make ends meet anymore.

It is not just worrying for us as experienced performers and audiovisual authors. The current situation also discourages new young talent from entering the creative arts. The future of European culture does not look bright if this is not addressed.

This is why we are calling on you to upgrade current EU law, taking what is working for us in the analogue world and adapting it to the digital one, namely by introducing an unwaivable remuneration right, paid by the online platforms and subject to collective management into the draft EU Copyright Directive.

The desperate situation of performers and audiovisual authors cannot be fixed with transparency and a contract adjustment mechanism alone.

We count on your support to turn things around. This is a once in at least a decade opportunity to make things right. Please raise your voice ahead of this week’s meeting of the rapporteur and shadows.

Yours sincerely,

Costa-Gavras, Greek-born French screenwriter and director
Murray Head, British musician and actor
Julie Bertuccelli, French screenwriter and director
Jochen Greve, German screenwriter
Hans Werner Meyer, German actor
Jean-Jacques Milteau, French musician
Paola Randi, Italian director and screenwriter
Johan Van Assche, Belgian actor and director
Nacho Garcia Vega, Spanish musician and songwriter

 The Internet is for everyone.

However, today, whether they are famous or not, performers are still not fairly rewarded when their performances are exploited via online on demand services. Most of them receive an all-inclusive fee at the time of the recording for all type of exploitation of their performances. Others receive an insufficient proportional remuneration.

You think that performers should get a fair share? Then get involved!

Support the FAIR INTERNET campaign, sign the petition, follow the campaign on social media and spread the word.

Why act now?

The EU is currently discussing the reform of the EU copyright legislation.

The FAIR INTERNET campaign is run by four international organisations representing over half a million performers in Europe (AEPO-ARTIS, EuroFIA, FIM and IAO). We believe that the concerns of over 500.000 performers should form part of this debate.

What do we ask for?

Together we call upon the European institutions to create a sustainable cultural and creative sector where performers get a fair share of online revenues, through an unwaivable remuneration right for digital uses of their work, collected from the users who make the performances available on demand and subject to mandatory collective management.

You can find more detailed information about the campaign under campaign kit

Pictures from campaign events (click image to view on flickr)

AEPO-ARTIS

Av. de Cortenbergh 116
B-1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 280 19 34
[email protected]
www.aepo-artis.org
EURO-FIA

Rue Joseph II, 40
B-1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 235 08 65
[email protected]
www.fia-actors.com
FIM

21 bis rue Victor Massé
F-75009 Paris
Tel. +33 145 263 123
[email protected]
www.fim-musicians.org
IAO

226 rue Saint-Denis
F-75002 Paris
Tel. + 33 9 70 26 12 35
[email protected]
www.iaomusic.org