REDA REPORT | PERFORMERS IN EUROPE DISAPPOINTED AS MEPS FAIL TO ADDRESS THE FAIR TREATMENT OF PERFORMERS ONLINE
Press Release | Brussels, 9 July 2015
The FAIR INTERNET campaign partners, who represent over 500.000 musicians, singers, actors and dancers in the EU, are disappointed with today’s decision by some MEPs from the Greens and Liberals to prevent the putting to the vote of an oral amendment proposed by MEP Mary Honeyball on paragraph 27 of the Reda report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC (Copyright Directive).
This new amendment would have been a step in the right direction to improve the situation of performers.
Today, whether they are famous or not, performers are still not fairly rewarded when their performances are exploited via legal 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.
It is for this reason that performers’ organisations in Europe have joined forces to call for a fair share of online revenues through an unwaivable remuneration right for legal downloads and streaming services subject to mandatory collective management.
Whilst Parliament calls for the fair and appropriate remuneration of performers, it failed to make any concrete proposals on how this is to be achieved in the on-going EU copyright reform process.
We will continue the dialogue with the European Commission in view of the publication of its forthcoming proposal to modernise EU copyright law.
John Smith, President of FIM, a partner of the FAIR INTERNET campaign states “We deeply regret today’s decision of some MEPs from the Greens and Liberals to stop the putting to the vote of MEP Mary Honeyball’s oral amendment. Parliament lost an opportunity to suggest effective remedies granting performers a fair payment from legal downloads or streaming”.
Sir Tony Robinson, UK actor, supporting the campaign, states “Regrettably, Parliament failed to send a strong signal to the European Commission to treat the fair remuneration of performers in the digital environment as one of its priorities in the on-going copyright reform process”.