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Press release: GESAC applauds EP resolution on cultural recovery

GESAC strongly commends the important resolution passed by the European Parliament today, which recognises the grave situation facing Europe’s creative and cultural ecosystem and lays out steps that need to be taken for a strong recovery. (more…)

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Article 17 guidelines: our letter to Thierry Breton

Alongside GESAC'S submission to the Article 17 guidelines consultation, GESAC's President and Vice-Presidents also sent a letter to Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market. (more…)

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Article 17 consultation: our submission

Read GESAC's submission to the European Commission's consultation for guidelines on Article 17, which raises a number of concerns about the general direction of the guidelines. (more…)

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Tribute to Carole Croella

The GESAC community is deeply saddened by the death of Carole Croella. An invaluable expert on intellectual property, Carole Croella worked in the European Commission's Copyright Unit before moving on to the WIPO, where she was a senior counsellor at the Copyright Law Division. (more…)

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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

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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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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