PUBLIC LENDING RIGHT Seminar for Writers held successfully in TALLINN, 22-24 October 2018

Sponsored by the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association – NFFO, this event was coordinated by the European Writers’ Council (EWC), hosted by the Estonian Writers’ Union, and co-sponsored by Sanasto – the Finnish Literary Copyright Society.

The regional focus was on the Baltic and Eastern-European countries. The Seminar had 24 participants, all representatives of national writers’ associations, and a few experts from collective management organisations in charge of the distribution of PLR funds for authors, who provided a report on PLR implementation in their country, covering 15 countries:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and United Kingdom. 

The previous events in this series were held in Zagreb (2016), and Lisbon (2017).

The European Union Prize for Literature: 10th Anniversary Edition

Since its creation in 2009, the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) aims to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.

In the course of the past nine editions, the works of the 108 selected winners have been able to reach a wider and international audience and touched readers beyond both national and linguistic borders.

The Prize, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, aims to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.

The EUPL is organised by a Consortium comprised of the European Writers’ Council (EWC), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) with support of the European Commission.
http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/

10th anniversary edition

In 2018 the European Union Prize for Literature is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark this special occasion a virtual and physical journey through the literary Europe and special a writing contest, exclusively open to all previous EUPL winners, has  been organised.

The EUPL Writing Contest “A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe” is a unique short fiction competition that celebrates Europe, literature and – above all – 10 years of the European Union Prize for Literature.

36 EUPL winning authors from a total of 26 different countries have submitted fascinating European stories with a unique perspective. These stories, written in 23 different languages, are compiled in a special publication along with translations into English.  

To download the collection: http://anniversary.euprizeliterature.eu/book/EUPLbookWeb_acc.pdf

The European Authors’ Group welcomes MEPs’ support for authors

20 June 2018, Brussels –

European organisations representing authors have welcomed the strong support from Members of the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee for a fair and proportionate remuneration for authors, and call upon all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to support the Legal Affairs Committee mandate.

Today, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) adopted its position on a Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market.

JURI MEPs backed by an overwhelming majority our European authors’ call for strong authors’ rights by strengthening the “transparency triangle” (Articles -14a to 16a), ensuring regular reporting by publishers, broadcasters and producers on the exploitation that is made of creative works, thus reinforcing the contractual position of authors in Europe.

The Authors’ Group said:
“We thank all JURI MEPs that have made this success possible, and encourage all MEPs to support the Legal Affairs Committee mandate. We also call on Member States and the European Commission to follow the leadership of the European Parliament and show a similar support for improving the remuneration of authors. The Copyright Directive represents a once in a decade opportunity to establish a general principle of proportionate remuneration for authors and rebalance their contractual position in Europe and we cannot miss this chance.”

The Authors’ Group, represents more than half a million writers, composers, journalists, film directors, screenwriters and songwriters in Europe.
The Authors’ Group is composed of: ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance) EFJ (European Federation of Journalists) EWC (European Writers’ Council) FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe).

Authors urge MEPs to find a common ground and adopt the Copyright Directive without further delay

Author’s Group statement on the Copyright Directive

On 5 July, the European Parliament decided to postpone the adoption of its position on the Copyright Directive.
As representatives of over half a million writers, literary translators, composers, journalists, film directors, screenwriters and songwriters in Europe, we acknowledge and respect this decision.
However, we regret that it effectively delays the adoption of the Copyright Directive, which features essential provisions to rebalance the systemic weak bargaining situation of authors, whose creativity is at the very origin of the copyright value chain, in negotiating their contracts. We now call on all Members of European Parliament to measure the significance of this Directive and to find a common line to ensure that the Directive is finally adopted.

Chapter 3 "Fair remuneration in contracts of authors and performers", as adopted by the JURI committee on June 20th, is a result of balanced compromises supported by an overwhelming, non-partisan majority in the Legal Affairs committee. It secures critical improvements of the situation of creators throughout Europe, and therefore should not be reopened nor amended.
In our view, it is crucial that the European Parliament adopts the Copyright Directive as soon as possible so that it can soon bring concrete benefits to authors across the European Union.
Throwing the Directive away by postponing its adoption would be a failure to deliver any concrete improvement to the situation of European authors and be an appalling missed opportunity to strengthen the creative community and Europe's cultural wealth in the digital era.

 

The Authors’ Group

 

The Authors’ Group is composed of:
ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance)

EFJ (European Federation of Journalists)
EWC (European Writers' Council)
FERA (Federation of European Film Directors)
FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe)

 

The Authors’ Group Welcomes the EU Directive Proposal on Copyright

ECSA, EFJ, EWC, FERA and FSE Press Release 14/09/2016

The European Commission presented on 14 September its proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Authors’ Group* – representing more than 500 000 authors, including writers, literary translators, composers, songwriters, journalists, photographers, film/TV directors and screenwriters in Europe – welcomes the directive, in particular the proposal to address the key issue of creators’ weak bargaining position in their contractual relationships and fair remuneration in contracts.

The Authors’ Group supports the European Commission’s commitment to address problems related to the forced transfer of rights of authors to publishers, producers and broadcasters. Achieving a well-functioning market-place for copyright must start with establishing a system that allows fair contractual practices for authors and performers, who are affected by a weak bargaining position when assigning their rights to publishers, producers and broadcasters.

The introduction of a mandatory reporting obligation detailing the revenues generated and remuneration due will create more transparency and is a prerequisite for authors and performers to adjust unfair contractual agreements. These new provisions will constitute, together with a dispute resolution mechanism, an indispensable first step in order to create more sustainable conditions for Europe’s creators, who are the origin of Europe’s cultural and creative industries. However, authors need further mechanisms against unfair copyright contracts and the undersigning organizations are looking forward to working with the European Parliament and Council in this respect.

The Authors’ Group also welcomes the provisions of the directive clarifying the liability of online platforms but considers that substantial work remains to be done with regards to proportionate remuneration of authors, particularly for the online exploitation of their works.
The Members of the Authors’ Group are ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance), EFJ (European Federation of Journalists), EWC (European Writers’ Council), FERA (Federation of Film Directors in Europe) and FSE (Federation of Screenwriters Europe).