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It’s time to mobilise for Rebuilding Europe with Culture

Slide 6GESAC has launched the social media campaign “Rebuilding Europe with Culture” (#RebuildingEurope).  The campaign aims to raise awareness on the role of culture in rebuilding Europe and to follow-up on the implementation of recovery plans and policies across Europe, making sure Culture is given the place it deserves. The EU has launched a historic financial plan for the recovery of the European economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, and the operational phase is now underway. But there is a risk that reality will not meet expectation and questions remain: Where does culture fit in practice within this massive financial plan? What has been done so far for the recovery of the cultural and creative industries? What are the next steps to Rebuilding Europe with Culture in a sustainable way?Visit the campaign website for more information and follow us on #RebuildingEurope and @authorsocietiesSee below and here for the press release announcing the campaign.

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ALAI European Author’s Right Award – Applications open

In the spirit of inspiring the next generation of Intellectual Property experts, ALAI, with the support of GESAC runs an annual award for students.The award now entering its fourth year, rewards the writer of the best essay that relates to authors’ rights and/or copyright.Read more about the award and how to apply. The deadline for entries is 30 November.

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Staff update: new Communications Manager

We are happy to announce that GESAC has hired a new Communications Manager to replace Habib Msallem, who will be leaving GESAC at the end of July.Alia Papageorgiou will join GESAC as Communications Manager on August 25. Alia will bring a wealth of experience to the role, having spent the past 15 years in Brussels working as a journalist and communications expert both for the EU institutions and the private sector. She also sits on the board of the Brussels Press Club and is Vice President Association of European Journalists Belgium. (more…)

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Statement: creators and live sector welcome EU guidelines

GESAC has once again united with our live sector partners to issue a statement addressed to European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. (more…)

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Launch of Rebuilding Europe - EYxGESAC study

Today marks the launch of the EY study GESAC commissioned, with the support of nine other creative sector organisations, Rebuilding Europe: The cultural and creative sector before and after the COVID-19 crisis

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Virtual event: Creators & Online Platforms

On 18 November we hosted an event 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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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 Digital Services Act

The Digital Services Act
The proposed Digital Services Act aims to update rules for online intermediaries and platform services to protect EU citizens and businesses

Authors’ societies respond to COVID-19

Authors’ societies respond to COVID-19
Find out how European authors' societies have continued to help their members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

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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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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