PERFORMERS IN EUROPE DISAPPOINTED AS MEPS FAIL TO ADDRESS THE FAIR TREATMENT OF PERFORMERS ONLINE
FAIR INTERNET 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, some MEPs prevented the opportunity for Parliament to make a concrete proposal on how this is to be achieved in the on-going EU copyright reform process.
We will continue the dialogue with the European Parliament and 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”.
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THE FAIR INTERNET PARTNERS
The FAIR INTERNET campaign is run by four international organisations representing together over half a million performers in Europe: These are
The Association of European Performers’ Organisations (AEPO-ARTIS) represents 35 European performers’ collective management organisations from 26 countries, 23 of which are established in the Member States of the European. The other countries represented are Norway, Serbia and Switzerland.
The International Federation of Actors (FIA) is an international non-governmental organisation representing more than 100 performers’ trades, guilds and associations around the world. The European group of FIA represents professional trades of performers in 23 EU Member States, in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, working both in live performance and in the recorded media.
The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) is an international non-governmental organisation representing musicians’ trades, guilds and associations in about 70 countries covering all regions of the world, which enables it to speak for hundreds of thousands of musicians. The European group of FIM counts 28 trades of musicians in 22 EU Member States, working both in live performance and in the recorded media.
The International Artists Organisations (IAO) is an international, non-governmental organisation representing featured musicians’ guilds and associations in Belgium, France, Germany, Norway Spain and the UK.