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(English) 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

 Internet es para todos.

Sin embargo, hoy en día, los artistas, sean famosos o no, siguen sin ser retribuidos de forma justa por la explotación de sus obras en internet. La mayoría reciben un pago  en el momento de la grabación por cualquier tipo de explotación de dicha grabación. El resto reciben un pago proporcional insuficiente.

¿Crees que los artistas merecen recibir un pago justo? Entonces apoya esta campaña!

Apoya la campaña INTERNET JUSTO, firma la petición, sigue la campaña en las redes sociales y corre la voz.

¿Por qué hay que actuar ahora?

La Unión Europea debate actualmente la reforma de la legislación sobre copyright.

La campaña INTERNET JUSTO está promovida por cuatro organizaciones internacionales de Europa  que representan en torno a medio millón de artistas (AEPO-ARTIS, EuroFIA, FIM e IAO). Creemos que las demandas de cerca de 500.000 artistas deberían formar parte del debate.

¿Qué pedimos?

Juntos, llamamos a las instituciones europeas a crear un sector cultural y creativo sostenible donde los artistas participen de un reparto justo de los ingresos generados en internet. Solicitamos un derecho irrenunciable de remuneración por la utilización de nuestro trabajo que sea abonado por las plataformas que ponen a disposición nuestras grabaciones y esté sujeto a gestión colectiva obligatoria.

Puedes encontrar información más detallada sobre la campaña en este kit de campaña

Fotos de algunos eventos de la campaña (pincha en la imagen para ver en flickr)


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