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EU mulling plans to boost creatives’ rights

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LONDON

Orgs repping scribes, helmers and composers in Europe have welcomed proposals that would beef up their contractual rights.

A report submitted to the European Parliament Tuesday by French politician Jean-Marie Cavada called for content creators to retain rights to their works when they are distributed digitally.

The report, “Online Distribution of Audiovisual Works,” called for an end to buyout contracts, whereby a content creator receives a lump sum fee up front with no further payment for the work’s exploitation online.

“Screenwriters and directors need a properly enforceable, unwaivable remuneration right for all uses of their works,” said Cecile Despringre, exec director of the Society of Audiovisual Authors, which reps some 120,000 European screenwriters and directors.

Other orgs backing the proposals are ECSA, repping composers and songwriters, directors’ org FERA, and the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe.

Cavada also called on the EU to boost the online distribution of films and TV shows through a rethink of the laws regulating the licensing of content across borders.

“The EU can help with this transition (to online distribution), especially by creating the right conditions needed for complying with the law, facilitating cross-border licensing and simplifying the procedure for copyright collecting,” Cavada said. “We should focus on creating an environment favorable to the development of a single digital market, both legally and economically.”

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