FEP Press release | The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) launches the campaign Stand Up for ©ulture – Yes to a fair reform at the Frankfurt Book Fair

After lengthy discussions and a failed vote in July, the European Parliament adopted the report on Copyright in the Digital Single Market on September 12th 2018: 439 MEPs voted in favour.

FEP calls on publishers and everyone in the book trade to contact their MEPs and thank them for their vote. In the coming months they will have to vote again to endorse the final text currently negotiated with the Council and the Commission.

President Rudy Vanschonbeek said: ‘In July, the GAFA and their allies managed to win a vote by pretending that hundreds of thousands of citizens were against fair and balanced measures, MEPs received thousands of automated messages threatening them of not supporting them for the forthcoming elections. It worked, the report was rejected. In September, as we mobilised together with all colleagues of the creative sectors, MEPs understood that real people cared about their works being properly used and being remunerated for these uses. FEP expects the GAFA to plan a major campaign when the final text will come back to the Parliament and where better than in a book fair than encourage all those working in the sector, all these real people, to mobilise and speak to their MEPs. I will personally call the Flemish MEPs to thank them and encourage them to support our sector’.

The reform consists for publishers of a set of exceptions which have to remain narrow, so they don’t conflict with the normal exploitation of the books, of a provision allowing the EU countries to share the revenues of exceptions between authors and publishers, of provisions on out of commerce works and on the remuneration of authors. The Directive attempts also to bridge to value gap between platforms and rightsholders.

For its 26th edition of the FEP Rendez-Vous at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday 11th October, FEP welcomes as speakers Commissioner in charge of the digital agenda, Mariya Gabriel, and the Rapporteur in the European Parliament of the Copyright in the DSM Directive, Axel Voss.

For more information please contact abergman@fep-fee.eu or +32477336576.] or +32477336576.

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Stand Up for ©ulture – Yes to a fair reform

On 12 September, the European Parliament voted in favour of a
balanced reform of copyright. 439 MEPs supported this reform,
find your MEPs in the list and thank them.

The draft legislation is now being discussed between the Council of
Ministers, the Parliament and the Commission before it returns to
the whole Parliament for a final vote.

A balanced copyright reform is key for the sustainability of EU
cultural and creative sectors, and the book ecosystem is an
essential part of it.

Books have a key role in education, research and knowledge.
The draft legislation foresees exceptions on text and data mining,
illustration for teaching and preservation that will impact books. It is
essential that each of these exceptions are balanced. It is also
crucial that when a book is used under an exception, the money paid
for that use is shared by the authors and the publishers. The final
legislation must respect that balance.

It is European. It is technical. Yet, it will shape the future of our
cultural and creative sectors.

Thanking MEPs for their vote
Testifying on the impact of the legislation
Supporting a fair compromise when the text comes back to Parliament

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