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Covid-19 recovery: what’s the damage and how can we move forward?

The COVID-19 crisis has been devastating for the whole cultural sector. From venues to rightsholders and right down to the individual creators themselves, no one in our sector has been left untouched by this crisis. (more…)

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PRESS RELEASE: EU Ministers of Culture videoconference

GESAC issued the following press release in response to the videoconference between EU states' Ministers of Culture and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. The release features our recommendations on steps forward to ensure creators and the broader creative sector can recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (more…)

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Creative sector requests ambitious measures ahead of EU budget and recovery plan

GESAC has joined 78 creative sector organisations in calling for an ambitious EU budget to help the sector recover from the devastating effects of COVID-19. The letter comes ahead of the European Commission's proposal for a new long-term EU budget and recovery plan and can be read in full below.

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Creating a new Europe: the Copyright Directive a year on

Today marks a year since the adoption of the Copyright Directive, a historic turning point for Europe’s authors and creative sector. Read on to find out where we stand in the transposition process and what these vital changes will mean for European creation and culture. (more…)

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COVID-19: creators call for the EU to act now

GESAC has sent a statement to the European institutions which includes recommendations on how to best support European creators during this global pandemic.

Creators who rely on the public performance of their work are facing the prospect of present and future earnings being wiped out, as lockdowns take their toll on Europe’s economy.

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Buy-out contracts: a dangerous threat to European creators

European music creators are being forced to forsake thousands of euros in future earnings by draconian ‘work made for hire’ and buy-out contracts

Read more to find out how Video On Demand platforms and broadcasters are circumventing EU law and what can be done about it.

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President Sassoli's speech at Meet the Authors

The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, was enthusiastically supportive of culture and the creative industries in a video message shown at Meet the Authors.

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What is Article 17 and how does it level the playing field

Article 17, formerly Article 13, was one of the most hotly contested issues surrounding the Copyright Directive. Click below to find out how it will benefit creators and the creative sector.

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The protection of authors’rights is essential: without this, creators wouldn’t be paid for the use of their work

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Buy-out contracts: a dangerous threat to European creators

Buy-out contracts: a dangerous threat to European creators

Read more to find out how video on demand platforms and broadcasters are circumventing EU law and what can be done about it.

European music creators (composers, lyricists etc.) are being forced to forsake thousands of euros in future earnings by draconian ‘work made for hire’ and buy-out contracts

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The Copyright Directive

The Copyright Directive

In April 2019, the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was formally adopted, bringing hugely positives effects for Europe’s creators

Read more about the Copyright Directive and the key protections it provides to creators

The Broadcasting Directive

The Broadcasting Directive
Read more about how the Broadcasting Directive addresses emerging problems in online broadcasting

The Resale Right Directive

The Resale Right Directive
The Resale Right Directive aims at harmonising EU rules on ensuring authors of graphic and plastic arts are remunerated for their works

The CRM Directive

The CRM Directive
Read more about the Collective Rights Management Directive the role of collective management organisations

Cross-Border Portability Regulation

Cross-Border Portability Regulation
Read more about how the European institutions reached a deal over a final text for the Cross-Border Portability Regulation 

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Our members distributed €5.4 billion royalties in 2018 and invested €216 million in European culture

Representing creators from all over Europe

GESAC brings together organisations from a range of sectors to protect authors’ rights and promote their best interests. Our members manage the rights of their authors’ works and represent them in negotiations to secure things like fair remuneration. They are run by their members, are non-profit, and provide a crucial service in the creative sector that enables authors to create.

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