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Press releases 2018-09-06

European Authors’ statement in support of the Copyright Directive

The undersigned organisations of authors - writers, journalists, screenwriters, filmmakers, composers and songwriters - urge you to support the successful adoption of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. It represents a once in a decade opportunity to improve the situation of authors, thereby strengthening the European creative community and our cultural wealth in the digital era. Europe is the cradle of author’s rights: it must not turn its back on both its historical values and on its creative future in the digital era.

Since the last European elections, the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States concluded that the European Union has an essential responsibility to promote fair remuneration for creators, including online, because:  

- The online world is of key importance to the European future, especially for Europe’s cultural and creative industries, which create EUR 509 billion in value added to the GDP, provide 7.5 % of the EU’s work force and significantly contribute to the EU economy in terms of employment, investment, growth, innovation and competitiveness on a global scale.

- Creative works, being bought and sold with such enormous economic success, are the product of the creative minds of Europe’s authors, yet their careers are barely sustainable, extremely unstable and they are in the vast majority poorly remunerated.

- In addition, technological innovation has thrown much of the established structures for the distribution of cultural content into disarray, reducing further authors’ capacity to generate income from the use of their works.

 After years of debate and discussion, the European Commission, Member States and a wide majority of MEPs have supported key transparency provisions intended to strengthen authors’ bargaining power and improve their remuneration in contracts (Chapter 3 of the Directive).

This Directive is now under threat, as some claim that this Directive will “censor the Internet” and threaten freedom of expression. Authors are at the very origin of the copyright value chain, and freedom of expression is the cornerstone of creativity: we could not support a legislation that would limit it in any way. The Directive’s chapter 3’s provisions that protect and improve the situation of authors are necessary conditions to foster freedom of expression: a precondition for the right of audiences to enjoy diverse creative work is that authors are able to make a living from their work. We therefore urge MEPs to adopt Chapter 3 in its JURI report version, which is the result of a non-partisan political consensus.

It is now time for the EU to send a strong signal to future generations who want to create and be fairly remunerated for their creations. Throwing the Directive away by postponing its adoption would be an appalling missed opportunity to empower the creative community in the digital era, and an unprecedented setback for all creators in Europe and across the world, to the sole benefit of global online platforms. 

It is now time to act, effectively support Europe's creators, and build a sustainable future for Europe's cultural diversity.

Make the right choice and adopt the Copyright Directive without further delay! 


Sincerely yours,

  1. ADA, Austrian Directors’ Association, Austria - Jenny Gand & Jacob Groll, Co-Chairs
  2. APR – ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE REALIZADORES, Portugal, Filipa Reis - President
  3. AGJPB, AJP-VVJ, Belgium - François Ryckmans - President
  4. ALMA, Spain - Alberto Macías, President
  5. AMA, Autores de Musica Asociados, Spain - Javier de Juan- President
  6. AMCE, Asociacion de Mujeres Creadoras de Musica, Spain - Natalia Vergara – President
  7. ANAC, Associazione Nazionale dei Autori Cinematografici, Italy - Francesco Ranieri Martinotti - President
  8. ARF/FD, Swiss Filmmakers Association, Switzerland - Barbara Miller – President
  9. ARRF, Association des Réalisateurs et Réalisatrices de Films, Belgium - André Buytaers, Administrator
  10. Association of Directors and Producers of Montenegro, Montenegro - Ivan Djurovic, President
  11. Associazione dell'Autorialità Cinetelevisiva - 100autori, Italy - Stefano Sardo - President
  12. Belgian Screen Composers Guild, Belgium - Frederic Vercheval – President
  13. British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), England - Crispin Hunt – Chair
  14. BAM! (Dutch Songwriters Society), The Netherlands - Pieter Perquin – Chair
  15. BCMM (* Beroepsvereniging Componisten MultiMedia), The Netherlands - Johan van der Voet – Chair
  16. БАФТРС - Българска асоциация на филмовите, телевизионните и радио сценаристи (BAFTRS - Bulgarian Association of the Film, Theater and Radio Scriptwriters) Bulgaria - Stanislav Semerdjiev - Chairman
  17. Bundesverband Regie e. V., Germany - Peter Carpentier, Marie Noëlle, Katarina Schickling - Executive Board
  18. CC Composers Club e.V., Germany - John Groves - President
  19. Danish Composers’ Society, Denmark - Bent Sørensen – President
  20. Danish Songwriters Guild - DPA - Niels Mosumgaard -Chairman
  21. Danske Dramatikere, Denmark - Christina Bergholdt Knudsen, Director
  1. Danske Filminstruktører/Danish Film Directors, Denmark - Christina Rosendahl-President
  2. DEFKOM (Deutsche Filmkomponistenunion des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes), Germany, Micki Meuser
  3. Deutscher Komponistenverband, Germany - Dr. Enjott Schneider- President
  4. Deutscher Textdichter-Verband/ German Lyricist Association, Germany - Frank Ramond – President
  5. DGCY – Directors Guild of Cyprus, Cyprus - Daina Papadaki – President
  6. Directors UK, United Kingdom - Andrew Chowns, CEO. Steve Smith, Chair
  7. DJBFA/composers and songwriters, The Netherlands - Susi Hyldgaard – Chair
  8. DJV, Germany - Frank Überall- President
  9. Drehbuchverband Austria / Austrian Screenwriter Association, Austria Eva - Spreitzhofer – Obfrau
  10. Društvo slovenskih režiserjev /Directors Guild of Slovenia, Slovenia - Miha Knific – President
  11. DSR Scenaristi / DSR Screenwriters, Slovenia - Matevž Luzar – President
  12. ESIEMTH Nikolaos Karras - President
  13. ESPEK – Association of Greek Film Directors-Producers, Greece - Elina Psykou - President
  14. Estonian Union of Journalists, Estonia - Ms Helle Tiikmaa - Chair
  15. European Composer and Songwriter Alliance - Alfons Karabuda - President
  16. European Writers Council - Myriam Diocaretz - Secretary General
  17. FAIC (Federación de Asociaciones Ibéricas de Compositores), Spain - Domènec González de la Rubia – President
  18. FAIR/MediaSind, Romania - Leonard Păduret- President
  19. Federation of European Film Directors, Pauline Durand-Vialle – CEO
  20. Federation of Screenwriters Europe, David Kavanagh - Executive Officer
  21. Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Belgium - Lorenzo Caròla – Directeur
  22. FEM (Fachgruppe Ernste Musik des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes), Germany - Johannes K. Hildebrandt
  23. The Finnish Music Creators FMC, Finland - Kaija Kärkinen - Chair of the Board
  24. FLAC (Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Auteurs et Compositeurs), Luxembourg - Roby Steinmetzer - President
  25. FNSI (Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana), Italy - Raffaele Lorusso - General Secretary
  1. Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica (FACDIM) Valerie Susan Baxter - President
  2. Foro de Asociaciones de Guionistas Auidiovisuales (FAGA), Spain - Ana Hormaetxea - Chair
  3. FSC CCOO, Spain - Francisco Javier Jimenez - General Secretary
  4. Greek Directors’ Guild, Greece - Haris Papadopoulos - Chairman
  5. Guilde Française des Scénaristes, France - Pauline Rocafull - Chair
  6. HDS (Hrvatsko Društvo Skladatelja / Croatian Composers' Society), Croatia - Ante Pecotić - President
  7. Hungarian Composers' Union (Magyar Zeneszerzők Egyesülete), Máté Hollós – President
  8. HPU, Hungary, Eva F. Kováts - Chair
  9. Icelandic Composers' Society, Iceland, Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir –Chair
  10. IMAGO – European Federation of Cinematographers, Paul René Roestad - President
  11. Impressum, Switzerland, Sina Bühler - President
  12. Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, IASCA, Ireland, Colm Quearney - Chairman
  13. Israel Composers' League (ICL), Israel, Ayal Adler- Chairman
  14. JUADN, Maria Antoniadou - President and Stavros Kapakos - General Secretary
  15. Komponist Foreningen (Norwegian Society of Composers) Norway, Jørgen Karlstrøm - Chairman of the Board
  16. LARS - Luxembourgish Association of Film Directors and Scriptwriters, Luxembourg - Claude Lahr, President
  17. Latvian Filmmakers Union, Latvia, Ieva Romanova - Chair
  18. Lithuanian Filmmakers Union, Lithuania, Arūnas Matelis - President
  19. Musimagen, Spain, Dario Palomo - President
  20. Netwerk Scenarioschrijvers/Auteursbond (Dutch Screenwriters/Authors Guild), The Netherlands - Pieter Bart Korthuis - Chair
  21. NFF – Norwegian Film Makers Association, Norway - Sverre Pedersen – President
  22. NFK – Norwegian Film Editors Association, Norway - Torkel Gjorv - Chairman
  23. NFR – Norske Filmregissører, Norway - Marianne Kleven, Chair
  24. NOPA (Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists), Norway - Ingrid Kindem – Chair
  1. Norske Dramatikeres Forbund / Writers’ Guild of Norway, Norway - Monica Boracco – Chair
  2. NUJ, The UK, Michelle Stanistreet - General Secretary
  3. PCAM (the Society of Producers & Composers of Applied Music), UK - Paul Reynolds - Acting Chairman
  4. Polish Composers' Union, Poland (Zwiazek Kompozytorow Polskich), Poland - Mieczyslaw Kominek Ph.D. - the President of the Polish Composers' Union
  5. Österreichische Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Musik (ÖGZM), Austria, Morgana Petrik – President
  6. Österreichischer Komponistenbund (ÖKB), Austria, Alexander Kukelka – President
  7. Samtök kvikmyndaleikstjóra - SKL (Film Directors Guild of Iceland), Iceland - Dagur Kári Pétursson – Chairman
  8. Scenario, Switzerland - Jacqueline Surchat - Coordinator
  9. Screen Composers Guild of Ireland CLG, Ireland, Sarah Glennane – CEO
  10. Scriptwriters Guild of Greece, Greece - Alexander Kakavas – President
  11. SDGI – Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Ireland - Maurice Sweeney, Chairman
  12. SFP – Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich/Polish Filmmakers Association, Poland - Jacek Bromski - President
  13. SFR – Société des Réalisateurs de Films, France - Marie Amachoukeli, Bertrand Bonello, Christophe Ruggia, Co-Presidents
  14. Sindicato dos Jornalistas (RJ), Portugal - Sofia Branco - President
  15. SKAP - The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, Sweden - Alfons Karabuda – Chair
  16. SNJ – Syndicat National des Journalistes – France - Vincent Lanier - Premier secrétaire général
  17. Syndicat National des Auteurs et des Compositeurs, SNAC France - Pierre-André Athané – President
  18. Société des Réalisateurs de Films, France - Marie Amachoukeli, Bertrand Bonello, Christophe Ruggia, Co-Presidents
  19. The Society of Finnish Composers, Finland - Antti Auvinen - Chairman of the Board
  20. SOKOM
  1. Suomen elokuvaohjaajaliitto SELO ry, Finland - Sakari Kirjavainen - Chair
  2. Suomen Journalistiliitto, Finland - Hanne Aho - President
  3. Suomen Näytelmäkirjailijat ja Käsikirjoittajat ry (Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild), Finland - Sonia Meltti - Executive Director
  4. Svenska Journalistförbundet, Sweden - Jonas Nordling – President
  5. Swedish Society of Composers, Sweden - Martin Jonsson Tibblin - President
  6. UCJ, Cyprus - Christos Christofides - General Secretary
  7. UNCLA, Italy - Giuseppe Amendola - General Secretary
  8. Unie van Regisseurs vzw, Belgium - Michaël R. Roskam & Stijn Coninx, Co-Chairmen
  9. Union Nationale des Auteurs et Compositeurs (UNAC), France - Olivier Delevingne – President
  10. Union of Magazine and Electronic Press Journalists, Themis Beredimas - President
  11. Union des Compositeurs de Musiques de Films - Béatrice Thiriet - Secrétaire générale
  12. Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren e.V. Germany - Sebastian Andrae, Prof. Peter Henning
  13. Vlaamse Scenaristengilde / Flemish Screenwriters Guild, Belgium - Michel Sabbe & Dirk Nielandt
  14. Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB), UK - Ellie Peers - General Secretary
  15. Writers’ Guild of Ireland, Ireland - Thomas McLaughlin - Chairman