Everything you always wanted to know about Distribution but were afraid to ask: PIRACY

by Isabella Weber On Saturday 21 October, Europa Distribution, in partnership with MIA, gathered a panel of experts in Rome to acknowledge and discuss the elephant in the room: piracy. The roundtable, moderated by Paolo Marzano (President of the Permanent Advisory Committee for Copyright at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Italy), analysed the latest data on the impact of piracy in Europe, with a specific focus on independent films, commonly perceived as less affected by…

EU struggle on creative rights: in who’s best interest?

  EU struggle on creative rights: in who’s best interest? by Claire La Combe     Next Monday, April 27th, will be held an “extraordinary meeting” of the EU Parliament Committee on Culture & Education (CULT) in Strasbourg, with Commissioner Andrus Ansip (VP. For DG Connect) on the future strategy for a Digital Single Market (DSM) in Europe. There are today few chances that this meeting will have an “extraordinary” outcome for culture. After months…

Lobby March

by Claire La Combe    This past month of March was kind of a renaissance of lobbying within the European film industry. Stakeholder organisations might not have been taking that many actions toward the European Commission since Cannes 2013 – when the TTIP[1] negotiations were to include cultural works – and maybe toward the European Parliament since 2010 with the ACTA treaty[2].   At stake (again)? The preservation of diversity in films, via the threat…

The EU Copyright Consultation: The Nightmare before Christmas

The public consultation on the European copyright framework which was launched by the EU right before Christmas has alarmed authors, producers, distributors, exhibitors all over Europe. The efforts regarding the revision and modernization of the copyright affect the territorial rules in the single market, the harmonization, restrictions and exceptions of the copyright in the digital age as well as the fragmentation of the copyright market in the EU.   So far, the flexible European copyright…