Authors demand fair share of revenues from works online at debate in Madrid

The Instituto de Derecho de Autor (the Institute of Author’s Right) held a debate on 11 November in Madrid on the sharing of the value generated by cultural content online. It was the first debate of its kind since the Commission’s “copyright package” proposal was published on 14 September.

Among those present were José Miguel Fernández Sastrón, president of SGAE, who underlined “the tremendous importance of the culture industry in Europe which currently occupies third place in terms of economic clout, after food and construction.”  Nevertheless, he added that “this sector cannot survive on the basis of the voluntary sacrifice of those who make it possible”.

Also present were authors like CIAM Vice-President Simon Darlow and SGAE board member Inés Paris, academic experts Fernando Carbajo and Ignacio Garrote, and a number of policy-makers, among which were the Head of the Copyright Unit at the European Commission, María Martín Prat, MEP Rosa Estarás for the European People’s Party (EPP) and MEP José Blanco López for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D).

  • Read SGAE’s press release here (in English)
  • Watch a recap of the event here
  • See SGAE’s video explaining transfer of value (incl. Eng subtitles) here
  • Find out more about transfer of value here