Policy

Vision

Our vision is of a world that fully recognises the value of cultural and creative sector as an indispensable part of our societies and protects the rights of creators, who are at the source of this value chain, through the development of a sustainable creative and cultural ecosystem.

Challenges

GESAC’s main challenge is to stay abreast of relevant EU policy and convene a large network of authors’ societies to coordinate efforts towards a sustainable creative and cultural ecosystem. Our mission is to advocate for adequate remuneration for creators and promote collective management as the best solution to respect and protect authors’ rights.

Highlights

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

Highlights

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

The protection of authors’rights is essential: without this, creators wouldn’t be paid for the use of their work

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The Copyright Directive

Read more about the Copyright Directive and the key protections it provides to creators
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Transfer of Value – How Article 17 levels the playing field

Read more about the directive and the key protections it provides...
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The Broadcasting Directive

Read more about how the Broadcasting Directive addresses emerging problems in online broadcasting
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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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The CRM Directive

Read more about the Collective Rights Management Directive the role of collective management organisations
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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
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Buy-out contracts: a dangerous threat to European creators

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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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
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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
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Authors’ societies respond to COVID-19

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