SAA recommends amendments to orphan works Directive proposal text

SAA has submitted its opinion on the proposal for a Directive on orphan works that is currently making its way through the European Parliament and the Council.

SAA underlined its main concerns for the document:

- The proposed mechanism which permits cultural institutions to use orphan works looks like a new exception to authors’ rights;

- It does not provide for systematic remuneration for authors;

- It does not preserve the possibility for Member States to provide for other mechanisms, in particular collective management agreements, to deal with the cinematographic and audiovisual works in the collections of the cultural institutions irrespective of whether works are orphan or not.

SAA will continue to follow this legislative process to try to ensure a Directive that takes the interests of audiovisual authors into account.