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GESAC joins live sector for reopening proposals

GESAC has joined six live events organisations in submitting a list of proposals on the practical steps that should be taken for a safe reopening of cultural events. The proposals, along with a letter pledging our support, has been sent to EU Commissioners Mariya Gabriel and Thierry Breton. (more…)

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Seun Lari-Williams wins ALAI European Authors’ Right Award 2021

This year’s edition of the ALAI European Authors’ Right Award, supported by GESAC, was awarded to Seun Lari-Williams for his essay “Bridging the Value Gap Between Content Creators and Digital Media Platforms: A Case Study of YouTube”. (more…)

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Rebuilding Europe: what happens next? Event recap

As a follow-up to the release of the Rebuilding Europe study in late January, GESAC held a webinar event on 24 March to discuss how Europe can prepare for a reopening of cultural venues and relaunch of cultural activities. Officials from the European Commission and Parliament took part in the panel discussion alongside two creative industry representatives. Read more for a recording of the event. (more…)

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Include culture in your national recovery strategies

Include culture in your national recovery strategies and reactivate cultural life in Europe. This is the message more than 110 signatories, GESAC included, are sending to Member States and government authorities today. (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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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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