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VIRTUAL EVENT: Creators & Online Platforms

On 19 November, GESAC held an online event featuring grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Angélique Kidjo and a whole host of key officials from the European Commission and Parliament. (more…)

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Make culture central to the EU Recovery

GESAC has cosigned a letter alongside 109 pan-European cultural networks and associations, calling on the European Union and member states to protect culture as part of the coronavirus recovery plans. (more…)

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Royalty collections 2019: what the figures reveal

What were European authors’ societies’ royalty collections for 2019 and what do they tell us about creators’ earnings today?   (more…)

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Joint letter supporting amendments for recovery & resilience facility

21 organisations from across the cultural and creative sector have written to members of the European Parliament to ask them to support a number of amendments tabled on the draft Report on a Recovery and Resilience Facility.   (more…)

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Virtual event: Creators & Online Platforms

Join us on 18 November at 14:00-16:00 for a round of discussions with big names from both the creative and policy world.

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Applications for this year's ALAI Award are now open!

Do you know any law students currently studying or researching authors’ right/copyright? If you do, encourage them to apply for this year’s edition of the ALAI European Authors’ Right Award! The deadline is 16/11.

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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.

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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

Private copying compensation

Private copying compensation
Read more about private copying compensation and find out why it is more important than ever at a time when COVID-19 is playing havoc with the cultural and creative sector

Authors’ societies & the collective management model

Authors’ societies & the collective management model
Read the five key benefits of authors' societies and the collective management model for creators, users and the general public

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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from 28 different countries.
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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