Rome, July 3, 2018: 100autori, the most representative association of audiovisual authorship, invites all European parliamentarians to vote on July 5 in favor of the approval of the proposed European Copyright Directive and is directed to the Italian Government to Support this fair battle in the national interest.
On July 5, the European Parliament will be called, in fact, to comment on the regulation of author’s rights in the digital single market.
The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has worked for a long time with the parliamentary groups of all the member countries and has resolved the legislative framework that will be proposed to the Parliament in plenary session.
This plant, although the result of the inevitable commitments, for the first time in the history of the European Union, to regulate by law the author’s rights and sanctions, with articles 13, 14 bis, 15, 16 and 16 bis, the right of the authors of audiovisual content to fair remuneration through the distribution of income derived from the exploitation of their works, as well as imposing the obligation of communication of the broadcasting organizations and digital platforms for the transmission and exploitation of works to the legal holders of author’s rights (“transparency triangle”)
At present there are no shared European standards among all Member States to protect author’s rights and the works can be disseminated by anyone without any obligation or sanction, allowing Over-The-Top (OTT), ie companies that offer, through the Internet, services, content (especially video) and applications, to obtain multimillion-dollar income, without due recognition to the authors of said works.
The revenues generated by the audiovisual sector, thanks to the fundamental work of creating the authors, are currently in the exclusive benefit of the Internet giants, the so-called FAGA (Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple), and more.
Such gains, if properly regulated and shared with those who legally own the rights, can contribute to the improvement of GDP, create more jobs and wealth, support the welfare of poorly protected artistic categories, contribute to knowledge and cultural production, safeguard the freedom of expression of the authors, language and strength of each European country.