MEP Gallo’s report on enhancing the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the internal market has been adopted yesterday in the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg by 328 in favour, 245 against.
The Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) along with nine other creators’ organisations that include the European Council of Artists (ECA), European Visual Artists (EVA), European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), European Writers’ Council (EWC), Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), International Federation of Actors (FIA), International Federation of Musicians (FIM), Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), and UNI MEI – Global Union for Media, Entertainment and Arts have been actively supporting MEP Gallo’s report.
The adoption of the Gallo report is very important for the European cultural sector because it represents a good compromise between the different political views and advocates a balanced and fair approach to illegal file sharing, with an emphasis on educational and awareness raising measures rather than repressive provisions, as it has been often inaccurately reported. SAA fully acknowledges the need to create a favourable environment enabling consumers to access creative and in-copyright works of high quality. SAA looks forward to further initiatives promoting better remuneration for creators in the sector, employment and the value of intellectual property as a tool to sustain cultural diversity in Europe.