FESAIA – Federation of Audiovisual Authors and Performers Associations, issued a statement to condemn the abusive and indecent clauses that comprise the basis of the First Creators Competition, organized by VIS – Viacom International Studios.
When someone tries to trade gold for trinkets and beads, and does not even deliver the trinkets but intends to lure you with the beads, not only disappoints but also outright steals.
When someone encourages the hopes of those who have nothing else and, seizing advantage of enthusiasm and eagerness mortgages their future, not only discourages but also betrays.
When someone calls young people through deceitful mechanisms and publishes competitions that hide the assignment and appropriation of their works, demanding everything in return for nothing, it not only offends the dignity of the creators called, but also breaks the law.
When that someone has a famous name and social prominence as a broadcasting company, their responsibility before society in relation to this fact is increased.
For these reasons, which threaten the most basic principles of Intellectual Property, we publicly object to the First Creators Contest in Argentina, organized by VIS, Viacom International Studios, and will do everything in our reach to definitely eliminate the abusive and indecent sections that comprise the Bases of the contest.
FESAIA deeply regrets that in the circumstances we are living in, when all our energy should be focused on helping each other navigate the swamp that surrounds us, calls such as this arise, which clearly prove that the intention of this company is not to foster new values among the young, but to recruit wills in order to appropriate their talent and their works.
We will not allow these threats to enshrined rights to happen in our country, even if some intend to make them standard practice.
Because we have laws, decrees and case law establishing and protecting our rights as creators.
Because we have inherited and maintained an over hundred-year old tradition of struggle to conquer and reinforce those rights.
Because there are CMOs willing to defend their associates y represented parties before anyone and in any way.
AUTHOR AND PERFORMER RIGHTS ARE NOT DEAD LETTER.
THEY ARE MORE ALIVE THAN EVER AND WE SHALL UPHOLD THEM.
Federation of Audiovisual Authors and Performers Associations