Employers and trade unions in the audiovisual sector have adopted a joint opinion on protecting creativity, innovation and jobs which is linked to the problem of enormous growth of unauthorised file sharing of copyrighted works and recorded performances.
This is an increasing problem to the European economy in terms of lost job opportunities and revenues for the industry as well as for governments. This phenomenon potentially affects all categories of rights holders. Companies are faced with a loss of revenues and return on investment in the production and exploitation of creative contents. In addition, many authors, performers and other rights holders are deprived from a fair share of the benefits generated by the digital economy in practice.
In order to protect creativity, provide for sustainable jobs and ensure fair revenues to all right holders, the audiovisual industry needs adequate protection against Internet piracy. Social partners acknowledge that models of digital online distribution should provide for proper remuneration with respect to all parties concerned. Such models are vital for consumers and right holders alike and will be jeopardized unless the question of illegal file sharing and other unlawful use of protected content is seriously addressed.
Social partners in the audiovisual sector believe that the unauthorised file sharing of protected works and performances - as well as the need for all right holders to derive tangible benefits from the exploitation of their work – are important issues that need to be better recognised by the European Commission and other EU institutions. The EU should adopt policies aiming at preserving jobs and supporting income for all right holders in the audiovisual and other creative sectors. It should foster the creation of new employment opportunities, while nurturing the enduring value of creativity, culture and innovation in Europe.
The Audiovisual Social Dialogue Committee recognises the urgency of this debate and is committed to participate fully in further discussions at the European level in order to maintain and protect a sustainable industry for the benefit of all employed in it.