September

14

2016

Copyright package: Progress undermined by failure to strengthen rights of authors

The wide-reaching copyright package presented today by the European Commission is met with a mixed reaction by SAA. Beyond these first steps to support authors, SAA calls for greater ambition at EU level for screenwriters and directors.

SAA welcomes the Commissions ‘transparency triangle’ of 1) exploitation transparency, 2) contract adjustment mechanism, 3) alternative dispute resolution mechanism, but regrets that the Commission shied away from tackling the underlying problem of the uneven negotiating position between audiovisual authors and their producers and stops short of providing the unwaivable right to remuneration advocated by SAA.

As a result, beyond the good intentions of such measures, there is a risk of no real positive impact for authors and no strengthening of their rights.

It is particularly regrettable since urgent action is required, as clearly shown by SAA’s infographic published on Monday 12th September, which demonstrated the continued need to guarantee an unwaivable right to remuneration for European screenwriters and directors. This is why SAA calls upon the European Parliament and Council to seize this opportunity to improve the situation of the creators behind some of Europe’s best known creative works as well as the continent’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

Barbara Hayes, Chair of the SAA board of directors, said: “We welcome this first step to strengthen authors’ rights but are disappointed to see the Commission’s promises to act on remuneration fall short. The European Parliament and Council must now build on this to make the Digital Single Market work for Europe’s screenwriters and directors.”

Cécile Despringre, SAA Executive Director, added: “As our recent infographic on remuneration shows, audiovisual authors across Europe are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living from their work. More needs to be done to make sure that their works circulate better and that they are duly paid when their works are exploited across the EU.”

The copyright package covers other areas of importance to audiovisual authors:

Improved availability of audiovisual works

SAA supports the Commission’s continued efforts to improve the active circulation of Europe’s audiovisual heritage and calls on the Parliament and Council to establish a principle of continuous exploitation of audiovisual and cinematographic works on video-on-demand platforms.

Regulation on retransmissions and certain online transmissions of broadcasters

SAA welcomes the Commission’s proposal to make the rules applicable to retransmission services technology neutral. However, SAA believes that the current drafting is a missed opportunity to resolve the confusion around direct injection and the forced transfer of retransmission rights to broadcasters which has been the source of litigation in a number of countries across the continent. SAA calls upon the European Parliament and Council to follow the lead of recent Dutch legislation and confirm that audiovisual authors collective management organisations (CMOs) manage the retransmission rights of audiovisual authors.

SAA remains concerned about the erosion of the territorial licensing system in Europe through the extension of the satellite country of origin principle to certain online services of broadcasters and will strongly oppose further extension of the country of origin principle to other online services.

Press contact: James Taylor j.taylor@saa-authors.eu, +32 495 73 42 90

About SAA

Founded in 2010, the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) is the association of European collective management organisations representing audiovisual authors. Its 29 members in 22 countries manage rights for over 120,000 film, television and multimedia European screenwriters and directors.

The organisation’s objectives are:

-          to defend and strengthen the economic and moral rights of audiovisual authors;

-          to secure fair remuneration for audiovisual authors for every use of their works;

-          to develop, promote and facilitate the management of rights by member societies.

www.saa-authors.eu @saabrussels

SAA | Society of Audiovisual Authors - Copyright package: Progress undermined by failure to strengthen rights of authors
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September

12

2016

Audiovisual Authors' Remuneration (infographic)

Check out SAA's infographic on screenwriters' and directors' remuneration.

You can see our infographic here or download it below.

May

25

2016

Europe’s Audiovisual Future – welcome progress on promotion of European works

Catalogue quotas, prominence requirements and possible financing commitments for VOD all welcome steps forward in promoting European creation in the digital era.

The Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for an amending Directive of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). This is a first step but an important milestone in the development of the EU’s cultural policy. SAA calls on the Council and European Parliament to be even more ambitious.

SAA fully supports two proposed revisions: the requirement for VOD services to include European works in their catalogues and ensure their visibility; and, in order to put an end to unfair competition, the capacity for Member States to apply the same financial contribution rules to services based outside their borders but targeting their citizens.

SAA is convinced that these two proposals will help create a fair and balanced market for both European works and Europe-based distributors. Regulatory forum shopping, used by some distributors when establishing headquarters in countries with weaker audiovisual regulation, should no longer be a competitive advantage.

SAA calls on the Member States and MEPs to consolidate these commitments and be more ambitious on the promotion and financing of European works. In particular, the Directive should set higher targets for the presence of European works on VOD platforms. The proposed 20% catalogue quota is insufficient. Broadcasters are required to have 50% of European content and, according to a recent study by the European Audiovisual Observatory, VOD platform catalogues are already made up of 30% European works.

SAA also wants the Council and European Parliament to be vigilant that the amending Directive does not weaken the integrity of audiovisual works and the moral rights of their authors. Among the proposed relaxation of advertising rules, SAA opposes the possibility of interrupting films every 20 minutes.

Chair of the SAA board of Directors, Barbara Hayes said: “The quotas in the AVMS Directive have helped European drama to breakthrough outside of national borders – making Europe’s audiovisual sector more competitive internationally and demonstrating our talented screenwriters and directors. Their extension to video on demand services is vital.”

SAA Executive Director, Cécile Despringre said: “SAA is resolutely supportive of any coherent regulation that creates a level playing field for audiovisual services. Operators in the same market need to be subject to the same rules, including on financial contributions.”

Press contact: James Taylor, j.taylor@saa-authors.eu, +32 495 73 42 90

About SAA

Founded in 2010, the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) is the association of European collective management organisations representing audiovisual authors. Its 29 members in 22 countries manage rights for over 120,000 film, television and multimedia European screenwriters and directors.

The organisation’s objectives are:

- to defend and strengthen the economic and moral rights of audiovisual authors;

- to secure fair remuneration for audiovisual authors for every use of their works;

- to develop, promote and facilitate the management of rights by member societies.

www.saa-authors.eu @saabrussels

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May

13

2016

CLEMENCY FOR KEYWAN KARIMI

Keywan Karimi is a 30-year-old Iranian filmmaker who has been sentenced by Iranian authorities to six years in jail and 223 lashes. His crime: practicing his profession as a filmmaker and showing the unofficial face of Iranian society.

A graduate from the University of Tehran, Keywan Karimi has studied communication and social sciences and participated in film directing workshops in Germany, Thailand and Russia. His short film Broken Border has received awards at various international festivals.  His last feature film, Writing on the City, is a documentary about graffiti and street slogans written on Tehran’s walls from the time of the 1979 revolution until the social movements of 2009, Karimi has no intention whatsoever to be provocative with this film, but it does symbolize today both his courage and the need for freedom of speech.

On the occasion of this 69th Festival de Cannes, we, filmmakers and professionals solemnly ask the Iranian authorities to grant clemency to Keyman Karimi.

We also ask all other governments to intervene on his behalf with the Iranian authorities. Time is running out.

It is completely unacceptable that through the simple act of expressing his artistic and critical outlook, Karimi should be on the list of artists, journalists and private citizens whose freedom – if not their life itself – has been taken by the Iranian authorities.

In the past, the Islamic Republic of Iran signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966. Today, we deeply regret that Iran, a country with such a rich legacy, is turning its back on its own culture and history.

Cannes, May 13, 2016

ACCADEMIA DEL CINEMA ITALIANO - PREMI DAVID DI DONATELLO
ADAL – LATIN AMERICAN AUDIOVISUAL DIRECTORS ALLIANCE
ARP – SOCIETE CIVILE DES AUTEURS REALISATEURS PRODUCTEURS
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA – MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE D’ARTE CINEMATOGRAFICA
LA CINEMATHEQUE FRANÇAISE
DAC – DIRECTORES ARGENTINOS CINEMATOGRAFICOS
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY
LE FESTIVAL DE CANNES
FERA – FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES REALISATEURS DE L’AUDIOVISUEL
GROUPE 25 IMAGES
SAA – SOCIETE DES AUTEURS AUDIOVISUELS
SACD – SOCIETE DES AUTEURS ET COMPOSITEURS DRAMATIQUES
SCAM – SOCIETE CIVILE DES AUTEURS MULTIMEDIA
SFCC – SYNDICAT FRANÇAIS DE LA CRITIQUE DE CINEMA
USPA – UNION SYNDICALE DES PRODUCTEURS AUDIOVISUELS
W&DW – WRITERS AND DIRECTORS WORLDWIDE

BLOC – BUREAU DE LIAISON DES ORGANISATIONS DU CINEMA :
ACID – ASSOCIATION DU CINEMA INDEPENDANT POUR SA DIFFUSION
APC – ASSOCIATION DES PRODUCTEURS DE CINEMA
DIRE – DISTRIBUTEURS INDEPENDANTS REUNIS EUROPEENS
GNCR – GROUPEMENT NATIONAL DES CINEMAS DE RECHERCHE
LA GUILDE FRANÇAISE DES SCENARISTES
SDI – SYNDICAT DES DISTRIBUTEURS INDEPENDANTS
SFA-CGT – SYNDICAT FRANÇAIS DES ARTISTES INTERPRETES
SFAAL – SYNDICAT FRANÇAIS DES AGENTS ARTISTIQUES ET LITTERAIRES DE L’AUDIOVISUEL
ET DU SPECTACLE VIVANT DRAMATIQUE
SNAC – SYNDICAT NATIONAL DES AUTEURS ET DES COMPOSITEURS
SPFA – SYNDICAT DES PRODUCTEURS DE FILMS D’ANIMATION
SPIAC CGT – SYNDICAT DES PROFESSIONNELS DES INDUSTRIES DE L'AUDIOVISUEL ET DU CINEMA
SPI – SYNDICAT DES PRODUCTEURS INDEPENDANTS
SRF – SOCIETE DES REALISATEURS DE FILMS
UNEVI – UNION DE L’ÉDITION VIDEOGRAPHIQUE INDEPENDANTE

SAA | Society of Audiovisual Authors - CLEMENCY FOR KEYWAN KARIMI
April

26

2016

World IP Day – Authors’ Rights and Copyright

The 26th April is world intellectual property day. Authors’ rights and copyright are forms of intellectual property and are vital on two levels for screenwriters and directors. Firstly they are moral rights which protects the authors’ vision and the integrity of their work. Secondly they are essential to the remuneration of audiovisual authors.

For more information on screenwriters’ and directors’ rights and remuneration see SAA’s white paper (executive summary in English and French)

SAA | Society of Audiovisual Authors - World IP Day – Authors’ Rights and Copyright
April

18

2016

Les Cinéastes Invitent ... Magnus von Horn

On the occasion of the premiere of his new film "The Here After", L'ARP, Cinéma des Cinéastes, SAA and Nour Films are very happy to organise an exceptional evening around Swedish director Magnus von Horn, as part of our series of screenings "Les Cinéastes invitent… l’ami européen".

The ARP, the Cinéma des Cinéastes, the SAA and Nour Films
are delighted to welcome Magnus von Horn on Monday 2nd May at 8pm to present "The Here After" and to have a discussion, led by an ARP film-maker, with the director after the screening. The event will take place at the Cinéma des Cinéastes in Paris.

The aim of these evenings (this is the 22nd edition) is to encourage exchanges between France and other European countries.  This is done through the premiere of a film, followed by a debate with the director on both artistic aspects of the film as well as the specific nature of the different types of European cinema: financing conditions and aids to film in the country concerned, the circulation of the films outside France, issues related to coproductions and authors' rights...

SAA | Society of Audiovisual Authors - Les Cinéastes Invitent ... Magnus von Horn
April

14

2016

SAA elects new board, chair and vice-chair

SAA’s General Assembly elected a new board in Brussels on 13th April, with ALCS’s Barbara Hayes (UK) re-elected as chair and SACD’s Patrick Raude (FR) being elected vice-chair.

The newly elected board is:

The members thanked outgoing board members VG Bild-Kunst (DE) and SABAM (BE) and the board placed on record their thanks to Robert Staats of VG Wort who stepped down as vice-chair.

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