Copyright Archive

European film agency directors call on the Europe Commission, Parliament and Council to promote and preserve cultural diversity and territoriality

Press Release, 22 May 2017 The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) have published a declaration outlining their concerns about the actions being taken at the European Union level which will undermine cultural diversity, contractual freedom, and territorial exclusivity. The declaration was adopted at our plenary meeting at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival …

Statement: The inclusion of audiovisual services in the Geo-blocking Regulation would mean European audiences have fewer new European works to enjoy

Ahead of the Legal Affairs (JURI) committee vote on 23 March and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) committee vote in April on the proposal for a Regulation on addressing geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination, the European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) would like to raise concerns with amendments proposed by Members of the …

Country of Origin principle for catch-up TV endangers cultural diversity: Europe’s film agencies call for a change of approach

The European Film Agency Director’s (EFADs) position paper on the so called “Sat Cab Regulation”, published today, outlines the EFADs’ concerns about the introduction of a Country of Origin principle for broadcasters’ ancillary online services such as catch-up TV. Whilst the EFADs share the European Commission’s ambitions to support the audiovisual sector’s adaptation to new digital …

EU copyright proposals: both opportunities and challenges for promoting Europe’s cultural diversity and industrial growth and jobs

Press Release, 15 September 2016 On 14 September, the European Commission published proposals to reform the European Union’s copyright framework. This includes a proposed Regulation on online transmissions and retransmissions and revisions to the Directive on copyright, in the context of the Digital Single Market. The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) association shares the Commission’s …

DSM Copyright – European Parliament discussions

Working Group on IPR & Copyright Reform  A working group on IPR & Copyright Reform  set up by JURI and coordinated by Jean-Marie Cavada (FR, ALDE) brings together MEPs from several parliamentary committees. Since December 2014, the working group has auditioned all representatives of the sectors concerned by reform. A working document summarizing the issues at stake will …

DSM Copyright: European Commission political and legislative developments

Background Facilitating online cross border circulation of works through a modernisation of the EU copyright framework is one of President Juncker‘s priorities, as set out in its July 2014 political guidelines “We can ensure that consumers can access services, music, movies and sports events on their electronic devices wherever they are in Europe and regardless …

Studies and research papers

Territoriality and its impact on the financing of audiovisual works, EAO, September 2015. The report mainly focuses on the impact of the principle of territoriality on the financing of fictions. European Parliament briefing paper “EU copyright reform: Revisiting the principle of territoriality”, EPRS, September 2015. The European Parliament Research Unit CEPS has published on 13 …

Copyright – Competition cases and inquiries

Besides political and legislative initiatives, the Commission has launched several competition exercises.   An e-commerce inquiry on 6 May where the Commission is checking the application of competition law in the areas of e-commerce area and in particular as regards potential barriers erected by companies to cross-border online trade digital content. Some of these barriers …