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Fair Internet campaign aims to give performers a fair share of online revenues

Laura  Barnes
Fair Internet campaign aims to give performers a fair share of online revenues

Performers, musicians and music industry organisations are backing a new campaign calling for fairer treatment of performers in the digital world.

The Fair Internet campaign wants the European Parliament and European Union member states to ensure that performers receive a fair share of online revenues through an un-waivable remuneration right for digital uses of their work, collected from digital platforms that make the performances available on demand, and subject to mandatory collective management.

Earlier this month, key representatives of the Fair Internet campaign, which represents over 500,000 musicians, singers, actors and dancers in Europe, gathered for their yearly event in Brussels to take stock of the Commission’s draft Directive on Copyright with European Commission officials, Members of the European Parliament and Member States’ representatives.

The fair remuneration of performers from on-demand services such as iTunes, Netflix and Spotify, was at the heart of the discussion with unanimous support from performers for the European Parliament and Member States to make key changes to the current draft Directive.
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Xavier Blanc, Secretary General of AEPO-ARTIS, partner of the Fair Internet campaign said: “The European Parliament and Member States have a once in a life time opportunity to ensure hundred thousands of performers across Europe receive a fair share from on demand services.

“If unchanged, most performers in Europe will continue to be excluded from a thriving digital market receiving merely a symbolic fee for all types of exploitation of their performances and no additional payment for making their work available for on-demand services.”

Swedish artist Katarina Henryson, singer and founding member of the Real Group, added: “Musicians, singers, actors, dancers, are at the heart of creation. With more and more on-demand services being developed, performers, like me, rely on their rights to earn a living. Sadly, most of us do not get a fair share for the actual use of our performances via download and streaming services.

“European legislators have been sympathetic to the cause of artists. They now need to translate their words into action and introduce in the draft Directive on Copyright a right to remuneration for performers payable by on demand services and collected by performers’ collective management organisations.”

The Musician’s Union has also posted information about the campaign on its site, linking to the video below, which details why the current model is unfair to performers:

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