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copyright

4 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Council of the European Union, European Parliament, European Commission

Support Europe's Screenwriters and Directors

Sign to support European screenwriters and directors in their call for a modernised EU copyright framework that includes all creators: It's time to act. Act to end an unfortunate, simple reality: today, the vast majority of European screenwriters and directors receive no remuneration when their movies and series are watched on digital platforms in Europe. There are many reasons for this unfair and harmful situation: the majority of EU Member States do not provide for a right to fair remuneration for authors; contractual clauses imposed on writers and directors deprive them of this right; contractual practices make the return of exploitation revenues along the value chain very opaque and uncertain, sometimes even for producers. The draft Copyright Directive, currently under consideration by the European Parliament and Council, is the last opportunity to change the rules and give authors a chance to be remunerated. The right to proportional remuneration already exists in a small number of European countries and allows authors to receive, through their collective management organisations, remuneration when their works are available and viewed. Today, in Europe, when you are an author, you have a hope of being paid if your film is on a platform in France or Italy, for example, and the near-certainty that you will receive nothing if the same film is available in Germany, Ireland or the Czech Republic. This is exactly the sort of inequality that Europe can fix. The construction of the Digital Single Market can and must put an end to these disparities and discriminations which weaken the authors and ultimately the creativity in Europe. This is why we call on the European Parliament, the Member States, and the European Commission to hear the voices of European creators and adopt the following measure: an unwaivable right to proportional remuneration for authors, which would be collected directly from the on-demand platforms by the collective management organisations representing the authors. There is no other way to guarantee writers and directors a fair remuneration for the on-demand exploitation of their works! Support Europe’s screenwriters and directors. Sign the petition. Signatories: Robert Alberdingk Thijm, Miguel Alcantud, Visarion Alexa, Julia Altares, Alejandro Amenabar, Bill Anderson, Olatz Arroyo, Peter Balko, Otto Bathurst, Julie Bertuccelli, Karolina Bielawska, Victor Bojinov, Fred Breinersdorfer, Vinko Bresan, Ed Bye, Ramon Campos, Benoni-Ioan Cărmăzan, Peter Carpentier, Carlos Clavijo, Dan Clifton, Borja Cobeaga, Isabel Coixet, Philippa Collie Cousins, Konstantinos Costa-Gavras, Mircea-Stefan Daneliuc, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Jean-Xavier De Lestrade, Bavo Defurne, Toral Dixit, Paul Durgan, Klemen Dvornik, Christiana Ebohon, Nacho Faerna, Jacques Fansten, Marco Tullio Giordana, Tudor-Flaviu Giurgiu, Enric Gomà, Joaquín Górriz, Jochen Greve, Kristina Grozeva, Stere Gulea, Nic Guttridge, Kieron Hawkes, Napoleon-Leonardo Helmis, Hans Herbots, Miguel Hermoso, Alejandro Hernandez, Illy Hill, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Jessica Hobbs, Agnieszka Holland, Jan Hrebejk, Hrvoje Hribar, Tonislav Hristov, Lou Jeunet, Jonathan Jones, Karen Kelly,  Cédric Klapisch, Stephan Komandarev, Marek Lescak, Caroline Link, Zuzana Liová, Carlos Lopez, Miloslav Luther, Matevž Luzar, Serban Marinescu, Dalibor Matanic, Roger Michell, Radu Mihaileanu, Lynsey Miller, Carlos Molinero, Christian Mungiu, Călin Peter Netzer, Liviu-Doru Niţescu, Zrinko Ogresta, Rithv Panh, Ines Paris, Sir Alan Parker, Emanuel Alexandru Pârvu, Sverre Pedersen, Barnaby Peel, Adela Peeva, Metod Pevec, Nicolas Philibert, Nic Phillips, Dan Piţam Constantin Popescu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Radu-Christian Potcoavă, Paul Powell, Shok Prasad, Udavan Prasad, Diane Redmond, Alberto Rodriquez Librero, Michael Roskam, Stefan Ruzowitzky, Branko Schmidt, Jon Sen, Danilo Serbedzija, Alberto Simone, Marko Skop, Steve Smith, Birgitte Stærmose, Hugh Stoddart, Charles Sturridge, Ondrej Sulaj, Martin Sulik, Jan Sverak, Bertrand Tavernier, Anna Thomson, Fernando Trueba, Paul Unwin, Enrique Urbizu, Petar Valchanov, Jaco Van Dormael, Frank Van Passel, Jan Verheyen, Žiga Virc, Margarethe Von Trotta, Hans Werner Geissendörfer, Susanna White, Martijn Winkler, Virginia Yague, Benito Zambrano. Learn more on our campaign page - FRENCH VERSION BELOW - Il est temps d’agir. Agir pour mettre fin à une réalité simple et regrettable : aujourd’hui, la vaste majorité des scénaristes et réalisateurs européens ne perçoivent aucune rémunération lorsque leurs films et séries sont regardés sur les plateformes numériques en Europe. De nombreuses raisons expliquent cette situation injuste et dommageable : la majorité des États membres européens ne prévoient pas un droit à une rémunération équitable pour les auteurs ; les contrats imposés aux scénaristes et réalisateurs les privent de ce droit ; les pratiques contractuelles rendent les remontées de recettes le long de la chaine d’exploitation opaques et incertaines, parfois même pour les producteurs. Le projet de directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur, actuellement en discussion au Parlement européen et au Conseil, est la dernière occasion de changer les règles et de donner aux auteurs une chance d’être rémunérés. Le droit à une rémunération proportionnelle existe déjà dans un petit nombre de pays européens et permet aux auteurs de percevoir, à travers leurs organismes de gestion collective, une rémunération lorsque leurs œuvres sont mises à disposition et visionnées. Aujourd’hui, en Europe, quand vous êtes auteur, vous êtes payé si votre film est dans le catalogue d’une plateforme en France ou en Italie par exemple, mais vous ne recevez rien si le même film est disponible en Allemagne, en Irlande ou en République tchèque. C’est typiquement le genre d’inégalité que l’Europe peut corriger. La construction du marché unique numérique européen peut et doit mettre fin à ces disparités et discriminations qui affaiblissent les auteurs et, par conséquent, la créativité en Europe. C’est pourquoi nous appelons le Parlement européen, les États membres, et la Commission européenne à écouter la voix des créateurs européens et adopter la mesure suivante: un droit inaliénable à une rémunération proportionnelle pour les auteurs, qui serait perçue directement auprès des plateformes de vidéo à la demande par les organismes de gestion collective représentant les auteurs. Il n’y pas d’autre moyen de garantir aux scénaristes et réalisateurs une rémunération équitable pour l’exploitation à la demande de leurs œuvres ! Soutenez les scénaristes et réalisateurs européens. Signez la petition.

FERA FSE SAA
20,874 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Instagram

Stop art theft on Instagram - more protection for artist's works

Art theft on Instagram has been a growing problem. Some people think that since it's on the internet, they can do whatever they want with what they find. Reposting wouldn't be a big issue, if they just respected the artists' will.Some creators don't want their art to be reposted on other social medias, while others allow that, but only if given proper credits. Lots of Instagram accounts keep reposting art, cutting out, deleting or blurring the creator's signature, and/or editing pictures without first asking if they could do so. And then, they proceed to put their name on it. This way, artists can't be reached and praised for their work, and sometimes they get less notes where they originally posted their art than the reposted one - but since there's usually no way to tell who made it, they won't get more visibility. Quoting the site's guidelines:“Share only photos and videos that you’ve taken or have the right to share.As always, you own the content you post on Instagram. Remember to post authentic content, and don’t post anything you’ve copied or collected from the Internet that you don’t have the right to post.”. So, the site doesn't allow such behaviour, but doesn't really take action when it happens anyway. In order to get his works deleted from the platform, an artist must make an account. Then, they can ask whoever posted it to delete the picture - but that doesn't mean the user will do it. Lots of accounts proceed to block whoever tries to interfere with their posting routines, being it the original artist or not.So, the poor artist have to fill a report for every single picture, with proof that it's their own work.It can be a long and stressing thing to do, depeding on how many time the work has been reposted. With this petition we're asking more protection towards content creators by taking action on accounts who have the tenedecy to repost stolen art. We think that a new option that allows every user to report a post the same way a creator could do, with a link to the original art from a valid source, could be a nice start.

Alessia Da Corte
775 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, ShoPro, GameFreak, YouTube

Retract the Unfair Copyright Claims on Videos that Fall Within Fair Use

ShoPro has blocked many Pokemon anime-related videos on YouTube even though they fall well within the realm of fair use. Fair use allows copyright-protected works to be used for criticism, commentary and parody, among other uses. Many YouTubers and viewers have been hurt by ShoPro's decision to block Pokemon anime-related videos indiscriminately. These YouTubers include TheJwittz, Tamashi, Lockstin & Gnoggin, Pokesins, Entity Mays and MegaCrasher. Both content creators and viewers have been deeply affected by this issue. Content creators are afraid of making Pokemon anime-related content as their videos might get taken down, and viewers are unable to watch the series they enjoy. It hurts because we love Pokemon and these fan-made videos referencing the anime series are our way of celebrating our love for the Pokemon anime series. Remember that when the Pokemon Sun & Moon anime series first came out and the general sentiment was that the art style has taken a step back and Ash looked strange compared to the past few seasons? People didn't like the changes in general, but those fan-made videos actually made people interested and actually give the series a chance. This is another huge reason why the takedowns are a slap in the face for many of the affected content creators. To ShoPro, please retract your copyright claims against these channels and their videos as they fall within fair use. To others, please show any channel you know has been affected by this issue some love and support.

Jason Low
4,819 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Nigel Adams, Matt Hancock, Nick Clegg MP, Michael Dugher MP, Julie Ward MEP, Helen Hayes MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Deidre Brock MP, Pete Wishart MP, Kevin Brennan MP, John Whittingdale MP, David Warburton MP, Dr Rupa Huq MP, Tim Razzall MP

MPS can: Save Our Songs - SOS! "10p a Play" on streaming music

If we care about music then we need to pay for it. Whilst it is legal to listen for free, people will listen for free! Look at these 3 facts: Artists royalties from streaming are pitiful (£0.006 per play) The music industry is shrinking  Spotify doesn't make a profit THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE 3 steps to save music: Make free streaming illegal (such as Spotify's free service) Police and shut down illegal pirate sites Introduce a 10p a play law on all streaming (come on kids - you can pay 10p) How would 10p a play work Each streaming service requires a "pay as you go" account (including youtube music videos) - (this would replace subscription based streaming) If you listen to a song 10 times on a platform - you own it - £1 for a song you clearly love! Make the British Music Industry great again!   Imagine a world without music! - Artists like myself cannot survive like this. Kevin Kadish - "For a song like ‘All About That Bass,’ that I wrote, which had 178 million streams,” Kadish began, without specifying any streaming services.  “I mean $5,679? That’s my share. That’s as big a song as a songwriter can have in their career and number one in 78 countries." - “But you’re making $5,600. How do you feed your family?” La Roux - “Spotify, thanks for the £100 for this quarter just gone, one more month and I might be able to afford your premium service,” La Roux tweeted. “Lucky me!” Songwriters are a dying breed: the number of actively-working songwriters in Nashville has plunged 80 percent since 2000. And that doesn’t even count the supporting cast of studio technicians, licensing administrators, producers, and session musicians that once earned solid salaries. One band posted their royalty statement online: Over 1 MILLION plays = less than $5k - that's not enough to support ONE band member for 3 months let alone 5 members for a year. 10p a play would = £100,000 (less 2.5p for platform and 2.5p for label) =  $50k - not a fortune for the band; but a step in the right direction without asking too much from music listeners. A little story in how the world currently operates: A musician takes his bike to a repair shop, he's in there for 20 mins; during which time he can hear his album is being streamed from a laptop. At the end of the 20 mins the musician is asked to pay £40 for the bike repair; the musician asks the mechanic - "do you like this album?"; the mechanic says "I love it! I'm listening to it for free on Spotify!"; the musician says "well, this is my album - how's about knocking 40p off my bill?"; the mechanic says "on yer bike mate!"  

Alfie (David) Jackson
30 supporters