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…

A wonderful victory for European Culture! by Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne

A WONDERFUL VICTORY FOR EUROPEAN CULTURE Yesterday a great step was shift for the European culture. The audiovisual has been excluded from the mandate given to the European Commission within the framework of the negotiations between Europe and the United States. This was our request. We have succeeded, Europe has succeeded, civilization has succeeded. Culture is the key of our future, of our democracy. It is not a good like the others. The implementation in…

EU/US Trade negotiations : The European film is at stake by Birgit Heidsiek

The digitization that leads to new distribution channels, business models and marketing strategies with own rules and restrictions is only one part of all the changes and challenges the European film industry is confronted with. While the green paper was promoting multi-territorial licensing and intended to leave no place for national theatrical distributors, the European Commission suggested for the new Cinema Communication to repeal the release windows that are contractual in the funding guidelines. Another…